4th Long Reach student expelled in Oct. attack

December 02, 1997|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

A fourth Long Reach High School student has been expelled in connection with a violent campus attack in October that left a 12th-grader with a fractured jaw, a school official said yesterday.

The expelled student, whose name was not released because of his age, is a 14-year-old ninth-grader who was initially suspended Nov. 5, said Patti Caplan, a Howard County school spokeswoman. He was expelled 12 days later and charged with second-degree assault, she said.

Although as many as seven boys were accused of beating and kicking Kenny Magan, 17, in a school hallway, it seems unlikely that more students will be punished in the incident, Caplan said.

"I think this is it," Caplan said. "I don't believe there were any others involved to the point where it would require suspension or expulsion."

The expulsion came nearly a month after Kenny was beaten and kicked between classes Oct. 21 in a dispute that started when he dropped a 25-cent piece in the cafeteria.

Immediately after the attacks, which left Kenny with a permanent steel plate in his jaw, Long Reach Principal David A. Bruzga suspended three students for 10 days, the maximum punishment a principal can impose. Two 14-year-olds and a 16-year old also were arrested and charged with assault.

After the suspensions, more than 400 parents, teachers and students signed a petition urging Howard County school officials to expel the three before their 10-day suspensions ended.

They were expelled in early November.

Pub Date: 12/02/97

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