Forty Students At Academy At Ivy Ridge Expelled In Wake of Run-Away Attempt

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Academy at Ivy Ridge (AIR), a specialty boarding school in St. Lawrence County, N.Y., announced today that it had expelled 40 students in the wake of a run-away attempt by 11 male students.

Academy at Ivy Ridge (AIR), a specialty boarding school in St. Lawrence County, N.Y., announced today that it had expelled 40 students in the wake of a run-away attempt by 11 male students.

“We had no choice but to expel the students that were involved with this incident,” said Jason Finlinson, AIR director and founder.

“From the moment a student enters our school, our goal is to promote responsible, positive behavior in that teen. We simply cannot help very disruptive or violent individuals - the type that participate in this kind of conduct.”

According to Finlinson, students set off the fire alarm and smashed windows to facilitate a run-away from the school, which 11 male students managed to do at about 10:00 p.m., Eastern. All eleven who left the campus were found by law enforcement authorities and returned to the school within a few hours.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, certain students took advantage of the havoc to attack fellow students, staff and cause damage to the physical plant and other property, according to Finlinson. The school immediately called law enforcement personnel and received help from the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, local police and U.S. border control (the school is very close to the Canadian border).

Police arrested six students, charging them with crimes ranging from criminal mischief to disorderly conduct. Ten students and three staff members were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

The trouble was restricted to the part of the school housing the male students. About $5,000-worth of damage was done to the building and fixtures.

Says Finlinson: “This was an incident that we will examine in detail to make sure it will not happen again. We are evaluating in detail our policy and procedures and will be sure to be making some changes.”

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