Broadalbin-Perth CSD student expelled after ‘serious behavior concern’ on bus

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BROADALBIN, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A student in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District was expelled recently as the result of a “serious behavior concern,” according to an email from the superintendent to parents. 

Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson says it followed an incident on one of the district’s school buses. Below is the email he sent to parents:

Recently, we became aware of a serious behavior concern on one of our buses. Because of the nature of this concern, we have been working with local law enforcement to thoroughly investigate the situation. To maintain the integrity of the investigation process, law enforcement officials have directed B-P school officials not to speak to students and parents prior to them being interviewed or to any community member who seeks information about this incident. 

I strongly believe the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District has a reputation of communicating with all families, whether it be a positive story or one that brings with it difficult news. Please be assured that we strive to keep an open line of communication with our community and share information to the fullest extent possible.

However, because of state and federal privacy laws, I am unable to provide additional details about this situation at this time. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the district cannot generally disclose personally identifiable information contained in a student’s records to anyone outside the district without a parent’s consent. Please know the alleged perpetrator of this particular incident has been removed from our school system, including all buildings and buses. The safety and security of your children in our schools and on our buses remains our top priority. 

The Broadalbin-Perth transportation department serves more than 1,200 children who we transport daily. Members of this department, including drivers, aides, mechanics, and dispatchers, receive regular training in student behavior management, and all of our buses are equipped with video surveillance equipment as an added safety tool. As a parent of a child attending the B-P Middle School who rides our school buses regularly, I would expect nothing less than the best care and attention to all safety concerns on her school bus. 

Lastly, we are conducting a thorough review of our transportation practices. This review will leave no stone unturned as we seek to enhance the manner in which we serve the transportation needs of all pre-K through grade 12 students in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District. 

Broadalbin-Perth Central School District Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson – Rumors are flying around, it is not within our policy to respond to questions from the public or from the media about what may or may not have happened on one of our busses. Our priority is protecting our students and staff.

Parents in the district say they should’ve received more information about what happened to better protect their children. 

NEWS10 ABC reached out to both the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and the Fulton County District Attorney about what happened, but they said they couldn’t provide information due to the new Raise the Age law. 

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