Georgia Board of Education overturns expulsion of Cobb student

At an October disciplinary hearing, the student was suspended for 10 days and expelled for the remainder of the school year with the opportunity to attend an alternative school. The school board upheld the sentence later that month.

The student missed more than 100 days of instruction after his expulsion.

“The state board of education’s decision affirms important statewide precedent that protects students’ right to a fundamentally fair process before they are deprived of their education,” Mike Tafelski, a senior supervising attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in the release.