A divided panel of the Commonwealth Court has affirmed a school board’s decision to expel a student involved in hacking the school district’s computer network over the student’s protest that the district’s policies don’t explicitly provide for expulsion as a penalty for such conduct.

The majority in M.T. for A.T. v. Central York School District, PCIS Case No. 07-1735 (Pa. Commw. Nov. 5, 2007) Pellegrini, J.; Leavitt, J., dissenting (21 pages) found that the Central York School District properly exercised its discretion to expel the student under a provision of the school code providing for expulsion of students who violate local, state and federal laws.

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