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Students Suspended for Snowball Fight

February 24, 2006

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) _ Two Ramona High School students were suspended for bringing dangerous objects to school _ snowballs.

Seniors Michael Sepulveda and Daniel Zavala, the snowball co-conspirators, made a pre-dawn run to the San Bernardino Mountains to fill their pickup trucks with snow and bring it to school for what they hoped would turn into an annual ``bring Big Bear to Riverside″ ritual.

They were suspended after a school parking lot snowball fight before the start of classes Thursday.

Principal Mike Neece said one of his most important responsibilities is maintaining a safe, orderly learning environment.

``Anything that disturbs that or disrupts that is inappropriate on a school campus,″ Neece said. ``Anything that could cause injury, or could cause a student to get upset and instigate a fight, or damage students’ personal property is just inappropriate behavior.″

Zavala and Sepulveda were stunned.

``The school overdid it. In the handbook it does not say, ’Do not bring snow to school,‴ Zavala said Thursday afternoon.

``It’s snow,″ Sepulveda said.

Savala’s mother Martha Valdez called the boys’ actions ``harmless″ but said she supported the decision by school officials.

``They’re still there to mandate the rules, and they have to draw the line somewhere.″

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

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