More than 100 top students at a top-ranked high school in Alabama have been placed on leave as the school investigates whether it violated a state law banning student bullying, The Montgomery Advertiser reported.
The students, from three different high schools, are expected to be reinstated by the end of the week.
“I’m very proud of the students that were selected,” said Dr. David St. Clair, the school’s principal.
“We want to give them every opportunity to be successful.”
A year ago, a student from the Alabamans School of Music was suspended for a year for making threats to kill his teacher.
Last year, a teacher at the school was suspended and the principal was fired.
Students at the three schools have been banned from using social media or the internet.
The Alabamas students have also been given a letter of warning and a letter from a district safety officer, a copy of which was obtained by The Hill.
They have been told that they must take their own precautions, including avoiding certain areas.
“This is a step in the right direction, and we hope this can be the start of the conversation,” St. Claire said.
“It’s a very, very difficult conversation.”
Students have been suspended in previous years because of threats to students and teachers, but it’s the first time students have been put on leave after being investigated for violating the state law.
The law, enacted in 2015, prohibits the use of social media, school transportation and the internet for students to cause harm to others.
It is not clear if the school is being investigated under the law, the Montgomery Advertiser said.
The school did not immediately respond to a request for comment.