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Expulsions for cannabis use unlawful, court rules

Alexi Mostrous, The Guardian, 1st September 2006

The high court held yesterday that Birmingham city council had acted unlawfully in upholding the decision of a Birmingham school to expel two pupils for taking cannabis.

Mr Justice Beatson ruled that the council had acted unreasonably in not following government guidelines which suggested that pupils should not normally be expelled for minor drug offences.

The two boys had contributed £2 each to buy the drugs in what their lawyer described as an "experiment". Neither boy had been in trouble at school before. Their case will be reheard by the council's independent appeal panel.

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