Federal appeals court: Hannibal school was right to suspend student over threats

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that a federal appeals court has sided with the Hannibal School District in suspending a former Hannibal High School Student.

Mary Poletti with writes that Dylan Mardis sent instant messages in which, according to court records, he told a friend he wanted to take a gun to school and shoot people he didn't like.

The opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is that those messages were subject to disciplinary action.

Mardis was suspended for a time during the 2006-2007 school year and was sent to juvenile detention.

The Mardis family looked to clear Dylan's name by appealing the suspension to the Board of Education and then went even further to Missouri courts, which then ended up in federal appeals court.

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