The three Millard teenagers who were expelled for playing with an airsoft gun on school property will return to school.
An attorney for the families told WOWT 6 News each of the students received a letter today that informed them the expulsions had been overturned. The students are expected to return to class in early November.
According to one of the parents, the letter states, in part, "In light of the circumstances, the committee imposes a less severe expulsion from Oct 2 through November 6th. He can return to school on the 7th. The committee encourages (the student) to participate to help others know the dangers and potential disciplines that may be imposed for bringing any weapon onto school property."
In Brandon Eastlack hands, for the first time, the letter revoking his expulsion sentence. In black and white, words freeing him to go back to school and back to a normal life.
"Before I knew, me and my friend were sitting downstairs, and my other friend called me and said we were back in school," said Brandon.
After an appeal to the Millard School Board, Brandon and two other teens now have a lesser sentence of just 30 day suspension.
This news has his whole family elated.
"Good for you, I'm happy for you, I'm happy for you," said father David Eastlack.
After being expelled for using an air soft gun on school property, Brandon and his family went to every length to get the expulsion overturned.
"It's been a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of crying, you feel like you want to do everything you can for your son," said mother Barb Eastlack.
The other two boys received the same letter and all of them will be able to return on November 7th.
Along with getting to return to school, the school board is asking him and the school Administration to inform other students of the dangers and potential discipline that may be imposed for bringing something like an airsoft gun onto school grounds.
It was a tough lesson learned. A lesson Brandon takes seriously.
"Obviously it was devastating for him, he kinda cut him self off from people," said David.
But now a smile is back on his face, Brandon is ready to get back to the books.
Three teenagers worry about their future. They were recently expelled for playing with an airsoft gun on Millard School District property.
On Thursday night, the families walked into the administration building to plead their case one more time, hoping to get their sons back into school at Peter Kiewit Middle School.
They didn't get an answer.
After the hearing, one parent, Barb Eastlack said the board has five days to decide whether or not to keep the boys expelled or not. She said, even though it might require a policy change, they are still hopeful.