Ola High students: Food fight penalty too stiff - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Ola High students: Food fight penalty too stiff

Cell phone photos show the aftermath of the food fight at Ola High School. Cell phone photos show the aftermath of the food fight at Ola High School.

Several Henry County students were expelled Wednesday for the remainder of the school year for their involvement in a food fight. More suspensions could follow Thursday and Friday.

Students said the food fight in the cafeteria at Ola High School in McDonough was part of a senior prank. It happened during Career Day on Feb. 1.

At least three students named in the incident were expelled for the remainder of the school year during hearings that started on Wednesday.

The students and their parents said the punishment doesn't fit the crime.

Student Mitchell Daniel told CBS Atlanta News he wasn't expecting the food fight since the principal had warned against it. He said he was on his way to a career booth when he was pelted with chocolate milk. "It hit me from the side and I did not see it coming. It upset me and I didn't know what to do to react. So I retaliated by grabbing someone's chicken sandwich and throwing it."

Many of the students who were expelled are honors students.

David Daniel, a parent, told CBS Atlanta News the punishment is too stiff. "He got the same offense as if he brought a gun to school or if he brought drugs or alcohol to school."

Following the incident, nine students were arrested. Those who were 17 and older said they were taken to the Henry County Jail.

"I was in jail with people there for battery and theft by taking," said Devin Graziani.

Attorney Gil Maxwell represents Graziani and his parents.

He told CBS Atlanta News he was able to view the school's video one hour before the hearing. He said it showed mayhem all over the cafeteria.

"It's been rubber stamp justice," said Maxwell. "They want to make a point because they had a job fair that day at the school. School administrators were embarrassed."

The remaining hearings are scheduled to take place on Thursday and Friday.

Copyright 2013 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Mass school shootings mostly happening in small-town America

    Mass school shootings mostly happening in small-town America

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:34 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:34:14 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:35 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:35:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File). FILE - In this Friday, May 18, 2018, file photo, mourners wait for the start of a prayer vigil following a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. If you want to know where mass school shootings ar...(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File). FILE - In this Friday, May 18, 2018, file photo, mourners wait for the start of a prayer vigil following a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. If you want to know where mass school shootings ar...

    Look no farther than small-town and suburban America to know where mass school shootings are most likely to occur.

    More >>

    Look no farther than small-town and suburban America to know where mass school shootings are most likely to occur.

    More >>
  • The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

    The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:13 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:13:57 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:34 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:34:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. In emails obtained by The Associated Press, George Nader claims...(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. In emails obtained by The Associated Press, George Nader claims...

    A top Trump fundraiser and a senior adviser to a UAE crown prince ran a secretive campaign, trading lobbying against Qatar for defense contracts from Gulf countries.

    More >>

    A top Trump fundraiser and a senior adviser to a UAE crown prince ran a secretive campaign, trading lobbying against Qatar for defense contracts from Gulf countries.

    More >>
  • Records: Teen suspect said he 'drove at' Maryland officer

    Records: Teen suspect said he 'drove at' Maryland officer

    Monday, May 21 2018 11:43 PM EDT2018-05-22 03:43:29 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:34 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:34:09 GMT
    A 16-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Baltimore County, Maryland, police officer. (Source: Baltimore County Police/CNN)A 16-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Baltimore County, Maryland, police officer. (Source: Baltimore County Police/CNN)

    The officer, who wasn't immediately identified, was run over by a Jeep and fatally injured, authorities say.

    More >>

    The officer, who wasn't immediately identified, was run over by a Jeep and fatally injured, authorities say.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly