Board votes to expel BHS student

2012-10-05T00:45:00Z Board votes to expel BHS studentBy Piper Haugan of The Montana Standard Montana Standard
October 05, 2012 12:45 am  • 

A Butte teen accused of breaking into a marijuana business and selling stolen pot to students cannot return to Butte High School, but may graduate through the district, the school board ruled Monday night.

Board chairwoman Ann Boston didn’t identify the student to The Montana Standard, but confirmed the board voted 6-0 for a student’s expulsion after a closed meeting. The board offered an amendment to the student to graduate through the district. That portion of the public school board meeting was closed because it involved a student, but Boston announced that it pertained to 17-year-old Kaedon Caprara before closing the meeting.

Board members offered Caprara the chance to receive the three credits he needs to complete his high school education using the offsite education program for students unable to attend school. Boston said the student may graduate by December.

The district’s lawyer Pat Fleming couldn’t be reached for comment, but Butte High’s policy states that a student may face discipline if found with drugs at or within sight of school, on the way to school or leaving school.

Caprara and his cousin Tyce Doherty, who was enrolled at Butte Central High School, are accused of breaking into TNT Gardening in late August and stealing jars of pot, according to court documents. Both were originally charged as adults, with five felony charges of burglary, two counts of possession of dangerous drugs, distribution of dangerous drugs and possession of property subject to criminal forfeiture. On Thursday their cases were sent to youth court.

Reporter Piper Haugan: 496-5572, piper.haugan @mtstandard.com or Twitter.com/Piper_Haugan.

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  1. Sillyrabbiit
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    Sillyrabbiit - October 11, 2012 9:20 pm
    Soreallysowhat: thanks for your input. Obviously you got a "degree" from high school not college. One thing people seem to be overlooking is that they released this students name after implying in the first paragraph that they were not permitted to do so? I see the board follows "policy"? I don't think religion plays a role here but just in case you haven't heard, the Administrator and Superintendent permitted the "catholic" to start his education at Butte High School less than 48 hours after they recommended "the cousin" get the boot. Glad I don't live in the town of hypocrites and "who you know" anymore!
  2. soreallysowhat
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    soreallysowhat - October 11, 2012 11:01 am
    Sounds good me, Ann. This way the kid can say some kind of face, get a degree, not GED, prior to being sentenced to Pinehills. Now what are the Catholics doing about their criminal?
  3. elliottw6
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    elliottw6 - October 11, 2012 3:28 am
    Considering they were selling drugs to other high school students, the consequences are not harsh enough. I hope youth court gives a more appropriate sentence.
  4. Comparadun2
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    Comparadun2 - October 10, 2012 10:09 pm
    "The district’s lawyer Pat Fleming couldn’t be reached for comment, but Butte High’s policy states that a student may face discipline if found with drugs at or within sight of school, on the way to school or leaving school."

    Did he actually violate that rule?

  5. Shocked
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    Shocked - October 05, 2012 10:45 am
    Leave the kids alone they made a stupid decision that they will have too live with the rest of there lives. We all make do stupid things when we are young.

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