Judge tosses McKinney family's suit against district for barring student from graduation



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Posted on May 31, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 3 at 7:32 PM

MCKINNEY –– A district judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by the family of a McKinney High School student who was banned from graduation after allegedly drinking before prom. 

Lauren Green is one of 13 students accused by the McKinney Independent School District of drinking prior to prom. According to the lawsuit, filed earlier this week, all of the students arrived on the same rented bus. 

Each student was sent to a disciplinary alternative school for 30 days, which means they would miss their graduation. 

Judge Mark Rusch reviewed the lawsuit on Friday morning and decided to toss it because Green did not have a constitutional right to have her complaint heard in court. He said a court can only address a school punishment that involves a student who has been expelled or denied a diploma. Rusch ruled that Green's situation did not meet either of those standards. 

The judge's ruling leaves the decision in the hands of the district, which has repeatedly declined to comment about the situation. 

A spokesperson has said that its rules banning alcohol use are clearly stated. Green's family argued that she is a nearly 4.0 student with 30 college credit hours who does not have a disciplinary record. 

Court records show the officer who investigated the incident said all the students admitted to drinking. 

Green's family has not commented. Lauren Green was not present for the judge's ruling, however her mother, Becky, and younger sister Kylie were. 

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