Howard school officials plan to expel 3 students Teens were suspended in the beating of senior

November 07, 1997|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

Howard County school officials plan to expel at least three students suspended for brutally beating a senior at Columbia's Long Reach High School.

The expulsions were not officially confirmed as of late yesterday because it was unclear if the students' parents had been contacted, school system spokeswoman Patti Caplan said.

"I am not going to deny that [they will be expelled]," she said. "My only concern is I'm not sure if all the parents have been notified. Certainly, the intention is there."

Asked if the expulsion process had begun, Long Reach Principal David A. Bruzga said, "Oh yes, definitely."

It was not known if a fourth student, who was suspended late Wednesday, would also be expelled in the incident Oct. 21 at Long Reach.

The moves come days before the three students -- two 14-year-olds and one 16-year-old whom police charged with second-degree assault -- were to return from 10-day suspensions handed down after they allegedly beat and kicked Kenny Magan, 17, in a school stairwell between classes.

Kenny's jaw was fractured, and he underwent emergency surgery. His jaw is wired shut, and a steel plate is in his face, but the Jessup resident has largely recovered and is back at school.

After the incident, Bruzga immediately suspended three boys for 10 days, the maximum punishment principals may impose.

The principal also recommended to Department of Education officials that the three be expelled.

"I expected the [school system] to take appropriate action," Bruzga said. "I knew we would be supported."

The boys' names were not released because they are juveniles.

The expulsions would bring the number of students dismissed from Howard County schools this year to nine, school data show.

Pub Date: 11/07/97

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