Students expelled in school bus beating
September 22, 2009 (WLS) -- The school board in downstate Belleville is taking action against two students caught on videotape beating another student on a school bus.
The students are expelled from school for two years. That's the maximum penalty. Board members say something drastic like this is needed to send the message this behavior won't be tolerated.
Parents are split over the decision.
"You may think you're showing the other children that you all are making a great stance, that you don't want this in the schools, but I think you ought to think of another way," said Joyce Borders, student's grandparent.
"As far as helping their education, I don't care, I care about the children who are there and act appropriately," said Tami Graham, student's parent.
The board also voted to review the entire 12-minute video and possibly discipline other students for their actions.
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