Keep kids in school, cops say, or they may end up in jail

By DARCIE MORAN
Capital News Service
LANSING — Michigan police officers are hoping to lessen the frequency of suspensions and expulsions in the state’s schools to help fight crime. The problem with out-of-school suspensions is students might not be supervised when they are told not to come to school, said Grand Rapids Police Department Lt. Dave Schnurstein. “Sending them home can be an adequate punishment but in many households, and certainly in many lower income households, the kids are just home alone,” Schnurstein said. “Some kids, that’s what they’re hoping for. “When they’re not at school then they have the opportunity to get in criminal acts,” he said.

School Board upholds student’s suspension

By Nick McWherter
Bath-Dewitt Connection staff writer

The DeWitt Panther football team will be without the services of its starting outside linebacker for the 2011 season due to disciplinary action by school administrators. The DeWitt School Board recently voted 5-1 to uphold the suspension of senior Logan Minix, who will have to miss the first nine weeks of school and the entire football season this fall. Heading into the season Minix had aspirations of receiving a Division II football scholarship. Minix was involved in an altercation with another student this past May. But unlike the other student, Minix had to be restrained by assistant high school principal Sean Wade for approximately 30-45 minutes, according to school officials.