Five Columbia County students already in alternative school were expelled last month for the remainder of the semester.
Three of those students were caught with prescription drugs and the other two were booted due to an “accumulation of offenses,” according to a school system disciplinary report.
Eight more drug offenses got students sent to the alternative school in Grovetown or expelled, according to the report of cases adjudicated by a hearing officer on Oct. 18, 26 and 28.
A Columbia Middle pupil received suspension due to holding prescription drugs.
Prescription drugs also got a Harlem High student expelled and another sent to the alternative school.
Three Evans High students were caught with marijuana and sent to the alternative school for the rest of the semester.
Two Lakeside High students were caught under the influence of drugs. One, a special needs student, was remanded to his Individual Education Plan Committee, and the other was sent to the alternative school.
Another special needs student at Lakeside High and a special needs pupil at Grovetown Middle also were remanded to their IEP committees; the Lakeside student for making threats and middle school pupil for an accumulation of offenses.
A Grovetown High student will serve the rest of the semester at the alternative school for an accumulation of offenses and a Harlem High student was suspended from bringing a knife to school.