Lakenheath middle schoolers punished for incident on bus
March 18, 2003
RAF MILDENHALL, England — Six students at Lakenheath Middle School have been disciplined for engaging in sexual behavior on the school bus.
The incident took place March 5 on the bus ride home from the school at RAF Feltwell, according to Frank O’Gara, spokesman for Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe.
“The students involved have been punished in accordance with school rules and regulations,” O’Gara said.
Specific punishments for the students, whose names are not released as a matter of DODDS policy, varied according to their involvement and the severity of their actions.
Penalties included suspension until the end of the current school quarter, which ends April 4, revocation of bus transportation for the remainder of the school year, including field trips, and other restrictions deemed appropriate.
O’Gara did not say how school officials learned of the incident, but parents of children on the bus were immediately contacted. A letter was sent to parents to prevent rumors from spreading.
After an investigation, discipline hearings were held and punishments determined.
“Any infractions of school rules endanger the safety and well-being of students,” O’Gara said. “Inappropriate sexual misconduct on the buses is unacceptable and violates the right that each child has to ride in a secure, appropriate and healthy environment.”
He said all school bus misconduct is addressed and trends are reported on a monthly basis to parents.
“Educators, commanders and unit first sergeants are also informed as part of a continuous, active effort to ensure a safe environment for students,” O’Gara said.