Philadelphia, PA asked in Education Law for New Jersey

Q: Can school administrator suspend a student for fighting another student off of school property /outside of school hours?

My daughter came home from school, dropped of her backpack then went out with a friend. At that time she ran into another girl who threatened to beat my daughter up the night before. There was a verbal exchange followed by physical contact. The following day the asst principal served my daughter with a 5 day out of school suspension siting that he was able to impose disciplinary actions for the fight pursuant to 6A:16-7.5.

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Stuart Nachbar
Stuart Nachbar
  • Livingston, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Unless there is a Code of Conduct that is given to the students, that specifically states conduct outside of school grounds and NOT at a School function or at a School Sanctioned event, I do not think that this can be done.

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