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.
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