The students were part of a traveling baseball team that played at a tournament in June in North Charleston, S.C., where Gwinnett officials said the upperclassmen held down four teammates as young as 13 and inappropriately touched them at the team hotel. Police are investigating what happened at the hotel.
Gwinnett administrators conducted an investigation and proposed suspensions ranging from a semester to an entire school year, according to court records. School board members met in executive session for about 2 1/2 hours Monday to review the case. The board and Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks did not discuss their decision, following their policy not to talk about student disciplinary cases.