A U.S. District Court judge in Alexandria yesterday denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have allowed a Loudoun County high school senior, suspended for pushing a pie into a vice principal's face, to return to her classes.
The Loudoun County School Board last week suspended Connie Schillreff, an 18-year-old Broad Run High School senior, for the rest of the school year and barred her from attending the prom and graduation ceremonies. She pushed a chocolate cream pie into the face of vice principal Alta J. Bibb on May 3.
At yesterday's hearing, Kenneth Crosson, Schillreff's attorney, contended that the student's suspension is a violation of her constitutional rights because he said, she was not granted an adequate pre-suspension hearing. That claim was disputed in court papers filed by Board Run principal J. C. McBride.
Crosson also said that the pie-throwing episode was originally the idea of a teacher, whose name he declined to give. Schellreff was the only student punished for a prank many other seniors were involved in, he said. Pulling a prank is traditionally at the school's senior class-faculty breakfast, the lawyer said.
After denying the request for a temporary restraining order allowing Schillreff to resume attending her classes, U.S. District Court Judge Albert V. Bryan Jr. set June 1 for a full hearing on the case. He noted that he will not rule on whether the punishment handed down by the Loudoun County School Board is too severe, but only whether Schillreff's constitutional rights were violated.