Hannibal School District officials address off-campus incident; several students suspended

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    Staff of the Hannibal Public School District addressed an issue they've been working on that occurred this past weekend.

    According to a statement posted on the district's middle school page, the staff has been working diligently on the issue and released a timeline of events.

    Monday, March 11, 2019:

    The administration was made aware of an off-campus fight involving several students over the weekend.

    It must be noted that in order for a school district to discipline students for off-campus behavior, the school must establish a NEXUS, which is defined as a substantial disruption to the educational environment.

    Administration proactively met with each student involved in the weekend altercation and the students were cautioned that they would receive a ten (10) day suspension and Juvenile Office referral if any verbal or physical disturbance should occur at school.

    Three students were suspended for not following this protocol.

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019:

    Three additional students were suspended for not following this protocol.

    Administration set a meeting with the Juvenile Office to discuss this situation.

    Thursday, March 14, 2019:

    Two additional students suspended for not following this protocol.

    The administration determined that a significant disruption to the educational environment had occurred at HMS.

    All students involved in the off-campus altercation were suspended.

    To date, all students involved have been suspended pending an investigation by the school district.

    Charges with the Juvenile Office are pending.

    The district ends the statement requesting parents and community members to discuss inappropriate use of social media with children and by modeling and setting the expectation on the proper and responsible use of all social media.

    Children are welcome to bring any concerns or questions to any teacher, administrator, counselors or SRO who will help them in any way possible.

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