McKinney teen barred from graduation sues district

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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WFAA

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 29 at 12:04 PM

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McKINNEY — A McKinney family is going to extraordinary lengths to make sure their daughter can graduate after an incident involving alcohol at her prom.

They're suing the district, and the decision will come days before graduation on June 7.

Lauren Green is one of as many as 13 teens accused by the district of drinking before their senior prom. According to the lawsuit, all of the students arrived together for the event on a rented bus.

Following school rules, all the students were ordered to attend a disciplinary alternative school for 30 days — forcing them to miss graduation.

Green is suing the school over its decision to keep her from walking the stage to receive her diploma.

According to her lawsuit, Green is nearly a 4.0 student with 30 college credit hours who has never had a discipline issue.

The lawsuit claims McKinney High failed to follow its own disciplinary guidelines when it punished her, so the decision should be reversed.

Court records show the school officer who investigated this case claims all the students admitted to drinking.

The lawsuit, however, says Green never admitted to drinking, and suggests the investigating officer was never close enough to smell her breath.

In a statement issued Tuesday, McKinney ISD said it cannot comment on disciplinary actions, but added that its rules about alcohol use are clearly spelled out.

Green's family said it was not prepared to comment on Tuesday.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday, which is exactly one week before graduation, so a judge can address Green's claims.

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