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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Spotsy spitball case

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from a former Spotsylvania High School student of his suspension for shooting hard plastic spitballs at classmates through a tube.

Andrew Mikel II, then 14, was suspended for the remainder of his freshman year after the December 2010 incident.

He was allowed to return to school the following year.

The teen was represented by attorneys for the Charlottesville-based Rutherford Institute who had previously unsuccessfully pursued appeals to Spotsylvania Circuit Court and Virginia Supreme Court.

Spotsylvania School Board Attorney Jennifer Parrish said in a court filing when the case went to the state Supreme Court that the school division followed its policies and Student Code of Conduct in disciplining Andrew and that he was familiar with them because he had gotten into trouble before.