Pine River students expelled for CSC, weapons

LEROY — Two Pine River High School students were permanently expelled for violating weapons and criminal sexual conduct laws of the school district.

At a Oct. 26 Pine River Area Schools Special Board of Education meeting, the board voted unanimously to permanently expel a 17-year-old student for bringing a knife with a sharpened, honed edge in excess of three inches onto school property during a home athletic event.

The board also voted unanimously to permanently expel student a 17-year-old student for criminal sexual conduct on school property on at least one occasion.

The district wishes to maintain a safe and orderly environment free from weapons, drugs, alcohol, arson, bomb threats, sexual harassment, criminal sexual conduct and other items and activities which negatively impact the educational environment and the ability of students to learn, said PRAS Superintendent Matt Lukshaitis.

"We all want our kids to be safe and we take that charge from our community and our parents seriously at Pine River Area Schools," Lukshaitis said. "It is important students understand school is no place for this type of behavior and there are serious consequences when rules, regulations or laws such as this one are broken."

Lukshaitis also asks parents to discuss the importance of the school weapons and criminal sexual conduct law with their children. Weapons do not belong in the hands of students at school, and school is not the place for sexual harassment or sexual activity, he added.