Drescher Family Appeals Expulsion to State Ed Department

Created: 05/08/2014 7:13 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- After a pocket knife was found in 17-year-old Alyssa Drescher's purse in her locker at United South Central high school in Wells, the board of education expelled her for the rest of the school year. Now, the Drescher family is appealing the expulsion.


"It goes to the Department of Education," Rick Drescher explained. It's a process that could take several weeks to complete.


"And it sounds like it's going to be after school is out for the year," Rick Drescher said.


But the Dreschers say they'll push the appeal, hoping to have the expulsion removed from Alyssa's record.


"That way we don't have to worry about any colleges or anything using it against her. We don't have to worry about future employers, whatever type of career or whatever she gets into using that against her," Alyssa’s dad Rick Drescher told us.


In the past ten years, 54 expulsions have been appealed to the Minnesota Department of Education. Three of them have been directly reversed or modified.


"People make mistakes, and that's exactly what it was, and that's exactly what it was is an accident," Rick Drescher said.


We asked Rick Drescher if he has more sympathy for the school board's decision to expel his daughter for having a knife in her locker, in light of the recent report that a Waseca teenager was planning a massive attack on his school.


“No. There again, it comes back to a zero tolerance policy. As far as the Waseca case the Waseca school has a zero tolerance policy, and that did nothing in preventing this ordeal up in Waseca," Rick told us.


We reached out to members of the USC school board for comments on the expulsion. They declined, citing data privacy issues.


"I guess this whole situation has made me a lot stronger than who I was before, and I have a lot of support, which that helps me through this too," Alyssa Drescher told us.

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