15 Carroll High School Seniors Sent to Alternative School

OZARK, Ala. (AP) - Fifteen Carroll High School seniors accused in causing $5,000 worth of damage by spray painting at the school have been sent to alternative school after being charged with criminal mischief and trespassing.

Family members say the students should be able to walk during graduation ceremonies. School officials took the privilege away from the students as well as saying they could not attend prom or other graduation activities.

The students stood before the Ozark City School Board Tuesday to apologize. Ozark City Schools Superintendent Michael Lenhart said he would meet with the parents later to discuss the possibility of the students marching in ceremonies.

He said each student was punished based on the level of involvement in the vandalism. Lenhart noted that the decision about punishment was made by a panel.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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