Schools & School Boards – Long-Term Suspension – Fight – Striking Teacher – Constitutional – Alternative Education Offer – Due Process
By North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Staff
Published: October 26,2010
Watson-Green v. Wake County Board of Education. A fight between petitioner "Ryan" and fellow student "Bill" had been broken up by school personnel, and Bill was being held by teacher Steven Klein when Ryan swung a fist at Bill's face and accidentally hit Mr. Klein. Ryan was not entitled to a defense based on the respondent-school board's policy that "a student who is attacked may use reasonable force in self-defense, but only to the extent necessary to get free from the attack and notify proper school authorities." We affirm the trial court's decision to uphold Ryan's long-term suspension.