60 Mich. Students Suspended for Riding Bikes to School

1:47 PM, May 22, 2012   |    comments
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WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - 60 Kenowa Hills High School students are suspended after they rode their bikes to school as part of a 'senior prank.' The students are in 12th grade and today was their last day of school.

However, when they arrived to class Tuesday morning, principal Katie Pennington suspended them for causing an inconvenience to other drivers along 4 Mile Road NW.

"It was causing a problem, they were taking up a lane of traffic,' said Pennington. So it was an inconvenience for parents, teachers, but it was also a safety risk," said Pennington.

The students notified Walker Police and had an officer and Walker Mayor Rob VerHeulen escort them. But but Kenowa Hills High School principal, Katie Pennington says she was not informed. She says the bike ride caused a traffic back-up and created a safety hazard.

Walker Mayor Rob VerHeulen disagrees with Pennington, telling WZZM 13 "I know when I was with the students they were respectful and polite and the officer I was with felt that the public safety issues were being satisfied."

Parents and students started contacting the WZZM 13 Information Center as soon as they learned about the disciplinary action. Parent Paula Norris said, "I feel these kids should be back in school where they belong, they need to finish what they started. Get lockers cleaned out, walk the halls and say goodbye."

Student Mitch Breuker said he thought they had followed proper procedures, "We called police, we had an escort, lights on, the mayor sitting in front seat of police car. I thought we did this completely right."

According to the district website, Katie Pennington was named principal of Kenowa Hills High School less than one year ago, in July 2011.

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