Ross asked board members to review and expunge the suspensions as soon as possible to "avoid liability" for interfering with students' ability to obtain scholarships.
The Oct. 27 "egg war" took place between members of Palo Alto High School's junior and senior classes on the Gunn High School campus, damaging the school's new track, scoreboards and pool deck and requiring professional cleanup at a cost of $3,200.
Palo Alto High School Principal Jacquie McEvoy initially issued five-day suspensions to students known to have participated, quickly reducing them to one-day suspensions after she said she learned the egg fight had not been as serious as she'd first believed. Later, McEvoy said she would expunge the suspensions entirely if students remained on good behavior for the rest of the year.
Frustrated by what they viewed as McEvoy's punitive discipline style, some parents have demanded a probe of the school's investigative procedures in the incident.
The "egg war" between juniors and seniors is an unauthorized tradition of Paly's Spirit Week, normally taking place in a Stanford eucalyptus grove. This time, the students spontaneously moved to Gunn after Stanford police scared them away. Paly student representatives later apologized to Gunn for the incident.
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