Published January 28, 2009
A group of Michigan middle school teachers assaulted by students cannot seek enforcement of a state law requiring their attackers be expelled, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
The Lansing school district suspended four students who were accused of throwing chairs at two teachers, slapping another and striking a fourth in the face with a wristband.
The teachers and their union said the students should have been expelled under a state school-safety law designed to protect the safety of teachers and students in the classroom.
But the court upheld a lower court ruling Wednesday, saying that disciplinary decisions are within the discretion of the school board, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The court added that it was “unfortunate” that the legislature did not empower teachers to enforce the Safe Schools Act, the paper reported. But “it is within the province of the legislature.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.