School official who made students walk expected to be disciplined

Published 11:39 am Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Vicksburg Warren School District school resource officer assigned to the two junior high schools was expected to be disciplined today after he removed two students from a school bus Tuesday and sent them home without calling their parents, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Duran Swinford said this morning.

Swinford declined to name the officer, but said he failed to follow protocol when the students, a Grove Street School student and a junior high school student, were kicked off the bus for arguing near Vicksburg and Warren Central junior high schools, on Baldwin Ferry Road.

The officer did not notify parents, and students were sent walking to their homes in Marcus Bottom more than a mile away via four-lane Mission 66, she said.

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The mother of one of the students, who said she complained to the school district Wednesday, said her son, 13 years old, and the other child, 12, walked home in rain and temperatures that dropped into the 50s.

“Security should have called the parents,” Swinford said. “Now it has become a personnel issue.”

The officer, who reported to work this morning, will likely be suspended without pay, Swinford said.

Disciplinary action also will be taken against the students, Swinford said.

The school district employs four school resource officers.