Family: 10th-grader shouldn’t be expelled for trying to buy joint

Family: 10th-grader shouldn’t be expelled for trying to buy joint

The family of a La Follette High School 10th-grader is fighting an expulsion after the student tried to buy a joint at school.

The family’s attorney said Preston Bratz owned up to his actions.

Bratz’s grandmother, Terri Murphree, said he was automatically suspended, but got a call from the school saying that he was being considered for expulsion.

She said a committee originally voted against expelling him, but the assistant principal overturned the ruling.

“Majority rules as well that it was due to his ADHD and not being on his medications that week. However, it was overruled by the assistant principal,” Murphree said.

Murphree said the only time her grandson has been in trouble was in first grade for throwing a snowball and talking out of turn in class in seventh grade.

His expulsion hearing is set for May 15.

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