ATLANTA (CN) – The Georgia Supreme Court upheld a 13-year-old girl’s conviction of disrupting a public school for being loud, boisterous and disrespectful in class and in the principal’s office.
After acting out in the classroom, the girl then left the principal’s office five times and refused to comply with school officials’ orders.
The trial court found her guilty of disrupting the school, a misdemeanor offense, and sentenced her to probation.
Justice Sears rejected the defendant’s claim that the statute is vague and overbroad. Sears said the statute’s language is sufficiently clear, but refused to rule on the student’s claim that it was overbroad, because she failed to “directly and properly” argue the constitutional challenge in trial court.