The mother of Brandon Eastlack says she has filed paperwork with Millard Schools to appeal her son’s expulsion to a panel of school board members. Her action comes after a hearing officer upheld the expulsion.
Brandon and two other Kiewit eighth-graders were expelled for one year after using Airsoft guns in the parking lot of an elementary school near his home.
The family and their attorney, Bill Gallup, had argued the punishment was too harsh since the incident happened after school hours.
Police detained the boys but didn’t cite them and released them to the elementary school principal who reported the incident.
Millard has a policy that any student caught with a BB-gun, Airsoft or paintball gun on school property, night or day, will be expelled for one calendar year. So Brandon and his two friends can’t return to a Millard school until October 2014, two months into their freshman years. Until then they can’t participate in any activities on school property.
Millard School District now has 10 school days to set a hearing before a panel of three school board members. In the meantime the boys attend Ombudsman, a Millard subcontractor who provides half day instruction to keep the kids up to speed on school work.