PACIFIC, Mo. (KMOV) – Several Pacific High School students accused of threatening a mentally-challenged teen after she was nominated homecoming queen have been disciplined, Meramec School District Superintendent Randy George said Wednesday.
According to the 15-year-old girl’s parents, Rickie and Tonya Tanner, they became suspicious after their daughter came home and told them she had been elected to the school’s homecoming court. The parents said their daughter has the mentality of a 10-year-old.
They looked into the nomination and discovered students had been threatening on social media to throw eggs at the girl if she attended the school’s homecoming parade this Saturday.
While George would not say how many students were punished or for how long, he said the students were subject to 10 days out-of-school suspension based on the district’s student handbook.
He said they would not be able to attend any homecoming festivities this weekend.
The Tanners said their daughter would make the decision Wednesday on whether she would attend any homecoming events. Tonya Tanner said the teen was talking with counselors about when she planned on returning to school.
Meanwhile, Pacific Police Chief Matt Mansell said he planned to deploy extra police presence for the school’s parade.