Rally Planned In Durant Over Disciplined College Students - KTEN.com - No One Gets You Closer

Rally Planned In Durant Over Disciplined College Students

Posted:
  • Texoma HeadlinesMore>>

  • Slow Start For Ardmore Band As Director Search Continues

    Slow Start For Ardmore Band As Director Search Continues

    ARDMORE, OK -- For band students, the last few weeks for summer are reserved for rehearsals to gear up for the fall marching band season. But one Texoma marching band has yet to hit the field and it has some people in the community concerned. As the calendar flips closer to August, marching bands across Texoma turn parking lots into football fields to practice. But instead of the sounds of a band rehearsal in front of Noble Stadium in Ardmore it's dead silent. "There's a little bit of a conce...More >>
    ARDMORE, OK -- For band students, the last few weeks for summer are reserved for rehearsals to gear up for the fall marching band season. But one Texoma marching band has yet to hit the field and it has some people in the community concerned. As the calendar flips closer to August, marching bands across Texoma turn parking lots into football fields to practice. But instead of the sounds of a band rehearsal in front of Noble Stadium in Ardmore it's dead silent. "There's a little bit of a conce...More >>
  • Blue Man Arraigned On Murder And Arson As Second Suspect Awaits Charges

    Blue Man Arraigned On Murder And Arson As Second Suspect Awaits Charges

    DURANT, OK -- A Blue man accused of shooting a Bennington man in the head was arraigned this afternoon, and a second man now accused of being an accessory to the crime also spoke with the judge.More >>
    DURANT, OK -- A Blue man accused of shooting a Bennington man in the head was arraigned this afternoon, and a second man now accused of being an accessory to the crime also spoke with the judge.More >>
  • Madill plant employee charged with embezzlement

    Madill plant employee charged with embezzlement

    MADILL -- An employee for a steel plant in Madill is now charged with embezzling from the company. The Marshall County Sheriff's Office says Lori Allen, 44, was arrested Wednesday afternoon. She accused of embezzling about $40,000 from Oklahoma Steel and Wire. Allen has since been released from jail. Her next court date has not been set. Our calls to Oklahoma Steel and Wire have not been returned.More >>
    MADILL -- An employee for a steel plant in Madill is now charged with embezzling from the company. The Marshall County Sheriff's Office says Lori Allen, 44, was arrested Wednesday afternoon. She accused of embezzling about $40,000 from Oklahoma Steel and Wire. Allen has since been released from jail. Her next court date has not been set. Our calls to Oklahoma Steel and Wire have not been returned.More >>

DURANT, OK -- An Ardmore activist says a rally is planned on Saturday over a college's sanctions against five students implicated in an April Fools' night prank.

The students were not arrested, but the reports of people pushing their way into apartments on April 2 triggered a campus wide alert. Now some say, the punishment for the Southeastern Oklahoma State University students is too harsh.

The football field at the college is ready for 500 new graduates, but one activist is upset about a man who won't get a diploma on Saturday.

"It was a prank and you know we've all been kids, we've all played pranks," says NAACP Ardmore branch president Elizabeth Williams.

Williams says the school wants to suspend five senior football players, including four set to graduate in December, for one year following a fake robbery prank last month.

"They went in demanded money, wallets, things like that, and then left, didn't take anything and left," says Durant police Det. Drew Hale. "The people didn't know and they didn't identify themselves."

"There were no guns involved and as it stands right now there's no criminal charges being charged against them, and there was no breaking and entering. The kids knew them and they let them in," says Williams.

Williams says the five students have been deprived of their legal rights, and that's why she says she decided to organize a Saturday morning march at the school. Williams says the students were not allowed to have a lawyer appear with them at two committee hearings.

"The first board hearing that the young men attended was thrown out because one of the board members made a racial slur," says Williams, who would not disclose the comment. "We still believe that even though there was a new board selected there may have been some bias because their minds were already made up."

"Anything pertaining to students the university is not allowed to speak to that due to privacy and FERPA regulations," says campus police chief Stacy Ballew.

The school has set up an area across the street from graduation for the protest. "These are our future leaders our community leaders, may even be school teachers, honor roll students, very bright young men, that made poor choices," says Williams.
  
Police say the victims were adamant there was a gun, but that the suspects denied that. Williams says she would rather they do community service, and if the decision is not changed, they will sue.