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Girard girl fights extra-curricular suspension in court

Published: Tue, September 1, 2009 @ 3:40 p.m.

WARREN — A Girard girl, suspended from extracurricular activities for 45 days for allegedly having a party where alcohol was served, is allowed to continue participating in school events until a judge rules on a lawsuit she filed.

Julie Paolone of Avon Street, mother of Mary Burt, a junior at Girard High School, filed the lawsuit last week in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Judge John M. Stuard has issued a temporary restraining order that blocked the school district from carrying out the suspension until after Judge Stuard hears the merits of the case at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10.

The suit names as defendants the school district, its superintendent, board members, high school principal and athletic director.

Judge Stuard’s ruling allowed Burt, who plays on the high school volleyball and softball teams, to attend a Meet the Team night on Thursday, attend other extra-curricular activities, and play volleyball.

Documents filed with the suit said Burt’s suspension was supposed to last from Aug. 10 through Sept. 23, meaning she would have missed nine of her team’s 22 volleyball matches.

Read more in Wednesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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