School president clarifies explusion of student

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 21, 2007


Staff Reporter

RESERVE – Earlier in the week there was some contention over whether East. St. John High School terrorizing suspect Jared Ranallo would have a hearing with the school board or was already officially expelled.

St. John School Superintendent Michael Coburn reported to L’Observteur that he had recommended expulsion for Ranallo, after the 17-year-old was reportedly involved with an online MySpace site of his own, that showed a picture of the school on fire, and asking if any other students thought that would happen.

The incident followed several bomb threats which had been called into the school.

Since then, Ranallo was charged criminally by the St. John Sheriff’s Office with terrorizing, while a 16-year-old has been arrested by the Sheriff’s Office for making

six bomb threats by phone.

School board President Gerald Keller had said all expelled students must come in front of the school board. On further analysis, however, it appears only students who appeal their expulsions will have a hearing with the school board.

“I was misguided and confused,” Keller said. “You can put the blame on me.”

As of now Jared Ranallo has effectively received an expulsion and will continue to attend East St. John High in separation from the rest of the students in what the school administration is calling “in school expulsion.”

At the time of this writing, the Ranallo family has not chosen to appeal the expulsion.