A Florida high school student was suspended, but not expelled, for defending a gay classmate who was being attacked in the cafeteria.
Mark Betterson’s 10-day suspension was reduced to two days after a disciplinary hearing. When James Griffin swung at the football player, he fought back, breaking “zero tolerance” rules. He says he’d do it again, if necessary.
Griffin was arrested for battery for punching Jonathan Colon in the face and head.
“I think it’s a good punishment as substitution for expulsion, but (Betterson) shouldn’t even have been considered for expulsion for what he did,” said sophomore Cody Lesie.
“I think it’s horrible because he got suspended for doing something right,” said sophomore Kyle Piogrim.