Doe v. Worcester Public SchoolsAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court granting Plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction seeking immediate reinstatement to school after she was suspended for 152 school days for possessing a small amount of marijuana and two makeshift pipes in her locker at a public high school, holding that the motion judge did not err in concluding that Plaintiff was likely to succeed on the merits of her claim.
When Plaintiff appealed from her suspension to the superintendent, the district's school safety director acting as the superintendent's designee shorted the suspension to 112 school days. Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging that, by delegating the appeal to the school safety director, Defendants failed to comply with the procedure for appealing from the expulsion set forth in Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 71, 37H(d). Plaintiff also filed an emergency motion for a preliminary injunction. The motion judge granted the preliminary injunction and reinstated Plaintiff to her high school. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed, holding that because the principal initially imposed a suspension of 152 school days, Plaintiff was entitled under section 37H to appeal from her exclusion directly to the superintendent, not a designee of the superintendent.