Administrators have identified students involved in nominating a sophomore to homecoming court at Pacific High School as a cruel joke.
Superintendent Randy George said "several" students will be disciplined under the school's harassment and bullying policy, which includes up to 10 days out of school suspension. The students also will be excluded from all homecoming activities. He said at least two were identified, but that the investigation is continuing and there could be more, but that the school plans to rally around the girl who was the target of the joke.
Tonya Tanner said her daughter went back to school today and as of now, plans to participate in the homecoming festivities, including the parade on Saturday.
"Maybe if we all show up as a united front and the kids embrace her, I think that maybe we can begin to get past it," Tanner said.
The Tanner's daughter was voted to the sophomore homecoming court last week, but they immediately became suspicious it was joke. Their daughter has ADHD and conditions that have left her socially isolated at school.
Tanner said her daughter forgives the students behind the joke. and that she hopes everyone else will forgive them too. They said they will not ask for any additional punishment for those involved.