Students expelled from Southside High School are taking their legal battle to the highest court in the state.
School officials expelled two students from Southside High School in Chocowinity in Beaufort County after a fight in January 2008. Lawyers for the two girls have argued that they have a right to an alternative education, even if they are expelled from their original school. The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled last month with the Beaufort County Schools decision to expel the students, saying the decision to offer alternative education should rest with local school boards. The Washington Daily News reports that the lawyers for the students are appealing the case to the State Supreme Court.