Soddy Teens Get Semester Off for Racism

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    MANASSAS, Va. -- Four Virginia teens could be back at Stonewall Jackson High School next semester following the appeal of their yearlong suspension for using landscaping sod to make racist symbols.

    The students are among the six suspended for using the sod to form a swastika and spell out "KKK" and "white power" in a parking lot at Sinclair Elementary School in August. They were expelled from Stonewall Jackson for a year. Two apparently are content to sit it out, but four appealed, InsideNoVA.com reported.

    Three of the four individuals whose cases were heard Wednesday were expelled for the year but could return to school at the start of the second semester in January provided they completed a certain number of hours of community service and adhered to a strict behavior contract. The fourth was expelled for the rest of the semester and also had to adhere to similar standards as the others.

    Four students were charged with vandalism, police said.

    Rae Roach, mother of two of the students, called the yearlong expulsion "unjust." She said her sons and the other teens had completed a court-ordered program that included community service and visiting the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.