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5th Grader Removed After Parents Petition

By The Associated Press — January 24, 2017 1 min read

After parents in Riverside County petitioned an elementary school to expel a 5th grader who drafted a list of classmates’ names labeled as a “kill list,” officials in the California district will not allow the student to return.

Riverside Unified Superintendent David Hansen said last week that the student won’t be back at Lake Mathews Elementary in the 2016-17 school year. An investigation determined no one was in danger.

The student had been expected to return to school Jan. 18 after serving a two-day suspension, but dozens of parents complained and signed a petition saying they wouldn’t send their children to the school if the boy returned.

Hansen did not say where the student will be educated.

A version of this article appeared in the January 25, 2017 edition of Education Week as 5th Grader Removed After Parents Petition

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