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4:16 AM Thu, Nov. 15th

Cerbat Elementary suspends 8 girls

KINGMAN - Cerbat Elementary suspended eight fifth-grade girls last Friday after a classmate overheard them making threats amongst themselves toward a substitute teacher.

"It was a lot of talk," said the school's Principal Dawn McGill. "It's my opinion that no harm would've taken place."

Nevertheless, the school does not take threats - no matter how they're delivered - lightly, said McGill. After she heard about the situation, she and Assistant Principle Clint Keller interviewed each girl individually, and then they interviewed all eight at once. Parents were informed, and they got on board with the investigation and the subsequent suspensions, said McGill.

Basically, the girls got upset when the substitute assigned two tests, said McGill. One was for math, and the other for reading. During recess, the girls were overheard making threatening comments about what they wanted to do to the teacher.

"These are all good girls," McGill said, "who made some poor decisions."

The suspensions varied depending on the severity of each girl's comments. Some girls were suspended for three days while others received a more harsh penalty of four days, said McGill.

"We've never seen another goofy situation like this," said McGill, speaking for herself and Keller, who worked at Kingman High for years.

The girls received their homework for the week and will be back to school in time for the Arizona Instrument for Measuring Standards testing Monday.