All of these students at Lakeside Middle School should have been expelled for the remainder of the school year.
For three of the students, an exception was made because they had no prior disciplinary problems. There is a first time for everything. Many thieves, rapists and murderers have no previous felonies.
As a school system and county, we, as citizens, must take action against those who may do it again, at the detriment of others.
These students should be expelled from our school system because they were a part of a gang, which is not allowed in a civilized and structured society, no matter their age.
Please, with the input from our judicial system and the Columbia County school system, re-think what penalties, or lack thereof, should be enforced and demonstrate to our citizens, our students and parents that gang violence will not be tolerated here.
Jeania C. Howard