04/02/2017

Principal Suspends Nearly Half Of Her Out-Of-Control High School [Watch]

Christine Vendel, Pennlive.com

HARRISBURG--Nearly half the student population at Harrisburg High School was slapped with suspension notices this week because the students had racked up too many unexcused absences.

School officials handed out suspension notices to 500 students on Monday as part of a crackdown by the school's new principal. About 1,100 students are enrolled at the school.

At least 100 of the students served one-day suspensions on Tuesday as punishment. The disciplinary fates of the other students remain unknown as school officials continue to work with parents to confirm whether some of the absences were excused. School officials said many parents were able to provide documentation to clear up their students' records.

School officials met with parents en masse after school Wednesday to explain the new expectations at the school, which has long struggled with poor test scores and a low graduation rate.

Just prior to the parent meeting, school officials met with reporters to discuss their new tack against tardiness and truancy to improve the atmosphere at the school.

During the informal news conference, a fire alarm sounded, disrupting the event and sending reporters, students and staff outside for about 10 minutes while the fire department cleared the building.

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