Suspension reduced

April 26, 1995|By From Staff Reports

After a rare open hearing on student discipline, the Harford County school board yesterday trimmed three days from a 17-year-old Bel Air High School senior's 25-day suspension.

But the board ruled that the student was "culpable in the taking" of a teacher's watch that he later sold to another student for $5, according to the student's attorney. Attorney H. Edward Andrews III said the ruling did not specifically address whether the senior stole clothing, shoes or money from gym lockers, as the school system's safety and security coordinator had alleged.

Board attorney Patrick Spicer could not be reached last night, but Kevin J. Mahoney, the superintendent's lawyer, confirmed the "culpable in the taking" ruling and the reduced suspension.

The security coordinator and a Bel Air vice principal told board members Anne Ober, George Lisby and Geoffrey Close that the student, a wrestler and football player, had admitted stealing and selling the watch as well as stealing clothing and money from gym lockers. The student said the clothing had been abandoned in the locker room at the end of wrestling season.

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