No Details Released in Expulsion Hearing Case for Hartland High School Threats

Expulsion hearing took place on Friday for 18-year-old Hartland student.

The expulsion hearing for the 18-year-old student whose text messages sent to classmates were perceived as threats, was completed on Friday, according to the Press & Argus.

No other details have been released regarding the outcome of the hearing. 

When contacted by Hartland Patch last week, Assistant Superintendent Scott Van Epps said it was the practice of Hartland Schools not to comment on expulsion hearings or breach the confidentiality of the students and their families. 

“We’re following a process as outlined by our Board of Education and we’re diligent in that process,” he said. “And diligent about affording all students due process.”

On April 24, Hartland High School was closed for a day due to messages that went viral and included words such as “'24,' 'rifle' and 'you’re next,'” according to Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte.

Parents began calling 911 on the evening of April 23, and the decision was made by Hartland Schools to close the high school for the day to investigate and resolve the situation, from Superintendent Janet Sifferman.

Sifferman confirmed in early May that the text messages and were done by different students and .

Livingston County Prosecutor David Morse announced earlier this month that there would be pressed against the student.

Hartland HS Parent May 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Tatum, please remove my comment now that the one I was addressing has been removed. It makes it look as if I am responding to D Weber's comment (which I am not). Thanks.
Kim May 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM
As a parent of a Senior this year at Hartland High School I a little concerned with the punishment that this child received. I do not believe he has learned his lesson. I at least hope he is not allowed to walk to receive his diploma and I do believe that I am speaking on behalf of a lot of senior parents. Many of the kids do not want him there, he has black marked their senior year along with his own. Seeing as what his parents do for a living he should be held to the highest accountability.
J. Michael Lenninger May 15, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Press & Argus today says the student was suspended for 10 days, but will be allowed to graduate. Seems like a point of law that you can't be held responsible for a misunderstanding, if your intent was honest.
FOOTBALL MOM May 15, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Utimately, the hope is that the process was fair - both at the prosecutor's office and within the school district. Kids do stupid things and things can be blown out of proportion, but this case should be no different than others the district has come up against due to any associations in this specific situation.
Tatum Ryan May 19, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Hello- a comment has been removed. Please contact me at tatum.ryan@patch.com if you have any questions. Thank you for reading Patch.


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