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DOCO students punishments heightened by school board

Four students are facing criminal charges. (Source: WALB) Four students are facing criminal charges. (Source: WALB)
The incident happened on September 6th. (Source: WALB) The incident happened on September 6th. (Source: WALB)
Tommy Coleman is the school system's attorney. (Source: WALB) Tommy Coleman is the school system's attorney. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

Four Albany students face more punishment over a fight at Westover High School.

After facing criminal charges, the students went before a school tribunal that ruled the students would be sent to the alternative school for the rest of the year. 

After parents appealed the case went before the full school board which strengthened the punishment.

Board members said students can only return next year if they receive good grades and have no behavior issues at the alternative school. 

They also must go in front of the tribunal again at the end of the summer. 

"The school board was dismayed by it," said the DCSS attorney Tommy Coleman. "They reviewed the record and looked at everything that was submitted to the tribunal including the video tape and it was not the kind of conduct that the school board feels like can be tolerated in the Dougherty County School system."

Not all the students attended Westover. 

Some were dropped off at the school by two adults before the fight. 

Those adults are charged with criminal trespass. 

Officials believe the fight was pre-meditated after an incident the previous weekend.

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