Nearly half of Harrisburg High's students get suspension notices

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 30, 2017 8:57 AM

Shown is the view from the Pennsylvania Capitol building Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- Nearly half of the students at Harrisburg High School have been given suspension notices because they had missed too much class time. ( ) reports the school gave the notices to 500 students on Monday as part of a crackdown by the school's new principal.

The reasoning was the students accumulated too many unexcused absences.

At least 100 students served one-day suspensions on Tuesday.

The school is working with the parents of other students and say many parents have provided documentation to explain the absences.

Principal Lisa Love says students often come to school but then skip class, instead loitering in hallways and other parts of the large school.

She says she needed to do something "radical" to get students' attention.

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