Students involved in bus beating expelled for 2 years -

Students involved in bus beating expelled for 2 years

(KMOV) -- On Monday, the Belleville school board decided to expel two Belleville West High School students caught on tape beating a fellow classmate aboard a school bus.

Last Monday's beating had already led to the suspension of the 14 and 15-year-old students.

In a 7 to 0 vote the board expelled both students not only for the remainder of this school year, but for next year as well. Board members said something drastic like this is needed to send the message that this behavior won't be tolerated. Parents were split over the decision.

The board also voted to review the entire 12 minute video and possibly discipline other students for their actions. One student was seen laughing during the beat. He's now serving a 5-day suspension.

Parents talked about putting adult monitors on each bus, becoming more invovled. Also, the president of the teachers union read a prepared statement saying the union supports the administration and the action it took in expelling the two students.

Expulsion for 2 years is the maximum they could do under Illinois law.

Prosecutors called the attack "shocking in its violence and brutality." But a public defender said the 14-year-old does not have a record and has not been in trouble at school. When the judge released the teenager to his father he said the boy must be on 24-hour curfew and get permission from the court for anything besides attending school.

Both attackers have also been charged for their actions.

The 17-year-old victim is okay.

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