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Girls face ouster in school attack

ERIE — The city’s school superintendent is recommending the board expel two girls accused of brutally attacking a 10-year-old girl on an elementary school playground.

Superintendent Jim Barker said he wants to ensure that the two girls, ages 10 and 11, do not attend classes with the girl who suffered a broken hip in the April 3 attack.

School board president Jim Herdzik said he favors expulsion.

“We have to be harsh,” Mr. Herdzik said. “They have to learn. Ten- or 11- or 12-year-olds should know the difference between right and wrong.”

The attack did not occur during school hours, but district officials will consider that it happened on school property in reviewing possible expulsions, Mr. Barker said. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for May 14.

If the girls are expelled, they still would be entitled to an education in the Erie School District by attending a charter school or alternative education programs.

The girls face aggravated assault and other charges.


College cancels classes after slaying

CONWAY — Coastal Carolina University officials have canceled classes and are advising students to stay indoors because of a fatal shooting near campus in South Carolina.

University spokesman Doug Bell said it is not clear whether the victim in yesterday’s shooting was a student. The assailant has not been caught.

Horry County Police Sgt. Bob Carr said the shooting victim is male.

Mr. Bell said the neighborhood where the shooting took place is not affiliated with the university, but students live there. Classes have been canceled until today.

Coastal Carolina University has about 7,800 students at its campus about 15 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach.

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