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May 16, 2012

Cascade seniors protest suspensions

CLAYTON — About 50 students have been suspended for two days at Cascade High School following a senior prank that involved entry into the building after hours and placing thousands of sticky notes around the school.

”(The students) were suspended for conducting a protest during the school day and refusing to comply with administrators, who gave them directives,” Mill Creek Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat Spray said Wednesday morning.

Initially, five seniors and one junior were suspended for two days and a custodian was fired for allowing them entrance.

This did not sit well with fellow seniors, who staged a protest and sit-in at the school gym on Wednesday.

Anthony Canaday, one of the initial students who was suspended, said, “You see how many people have been pulled out and been suspended, and it’s just building up more and more.”

Spray said the suspensions are final.

”We had some students access the building, unauthorized, and conducted, on the surface, a very harmless prank, as far as damage to the building,” he said. “Nothing was damaged and nothing was hurt, and we are lucky. Students were all over that building, unsupervised, doing different things in different classrooms, offices, hallways.”

Spray said administrators worked to find the correct consequences.

”We met the next day and discussed the incident,” he said. “It needed to have a consequence for the action. We reviewed our handbook and the appropriate consequences. One of the things that we really talked about was to not use a sledge hammer. It’s not necessary. Let’s have a consequence and get the message across and move on. We saw that we had a short week this week with a flex day. We decided to suspend them for a couple of days and they are back on Monday. They can take their finals, participate in graduation practice and graduation.”

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