HP students suspended after off-campus concert



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Posted on November 5, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 5 at 7:46 PM

HIGHLAND PARK — Highland Park ISD is suspending some students from participating in extracurricular activities after the teenagers attended an event where alcohol and illegal drugs were believed to be present.

Though the district would not reveal details, students and parents said HPISD is in the middle of a campus-wide investigation at its high school into what students did at the Ghostland Observatory Concert inside the Palladium Ballroom on October 27.

The district started suspending students from participating in extracurricular activities, including football, cheerleading and the drill team.

One parent told News 8 that up to 31 students have lost extracurricular privileges after being at what some called a concert out of control.

HPISD referred News 8 to its Extracurricular Code of Conduct, which specifically prohibits students from being at "any activity where illegal alcohol consumption... or illegal drugs are present."

Consequences range from one-week suspension of extracurricular activities to a year-long ban.

News 8 first reported what happened at the Palladium Ballroom last Friday, when others at the concert complained about a large number of underage kids who appeared to be drunk or high.

"They were making out with other kids they just met," Dina Lopez told News 8 last week. "They were performing sexual acts right in front of us. They were insane."

This event is the same concert where police said a Highland Park High School baseball player named Ryan Romo met a girl he is accused of raping.

Exactly how many concert-goers came from Highland Park remains uncertain.

Highland Park did not sponsor the trip to the concert; it was arranged privately and students arrived at the venue on party buses.

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