United student expelled for threatening fellow student, mass shooting
District 304 Schools
United board expels student who made threat
19-year-old senior will be offered alternate programming
By Sheila Pressley
The United School Board on Thursday, Oct. 8, voted to expel a student after he made threatening statements to a female student last week.
Senior Anthony Bruns, 19, has been charged with disorderly conduct. School officials say Bruns made a comment to another student about staging a mass shooting during commencement in the spring. The girl was upset by Bruns' statement and reported it to a teacher and the principal, saying she was afraid to go to school.
Following a closed session to discuss student discipline and personnel matters, a motion was approved to expel "student number 423914365" from United High School for two years. Superintendent Jeff Whitsitt later confirmed Bruns was the student in question. Bruns will be offered alternate programming through the Regional Safe Schools Program.
"This is the result that best meets the needs of all of our students at United High School including the student in question. It is an unfortunate situation for those involved," Whitsitt said.
Earlier this week Whitsitt said he couldn't say Bruns had been bullied, but "it has been an issue for a while now. Bullying may have been a factor, but it was certainly not the only factor.”
Bruns is scheduled to appear in Warren County Court at 9 a.m. Oct. 27. If found guilty, he could face up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
In other business, the board approved a resolution to allow four students to graduate mid-year pending their completion of the needed requirements. The candidates are: Kristin Ainsworth, Miranda Bryan, Tatum Devlin and Nolan Powell.
Whitsitt presented information pertaining to the pending property tax freeze legislation that would impact the levy process that begins next month. A truth-in-taxation hearing was set for 7 p.m. Dec. 10 prior to the regular board meeting.
The board approved the resignation of Jenifer Hofmann as special education teacher at the West Campus and the dismissal of Austin Loving as a bus driver for United.
Board members received copies of the first reading of policy updates that pertain to residency. A resolution approving those updates could take place at the November board meeting.
In other action, the following appointments were approved: Susie Frieden, high school Scholastic Bowl coach; Abbey McGuire, junior high cheerleading sponsor; Hannah Baker, junior high girls basketball coach; and Fred Lucas, high school boys track coach.
The next regular board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov 12 in the unit office.
Matt Dutton contributed to this story.