Buffalo School District Stands Behind Student Expulsion

July 21, 2014 Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

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July 21, 2014 Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV)

The Buffalo School District wants to set the record straight and is defending a decision to expel a Burgard High School Senior from summer school.

Burgard senior Tenea Stevens told Eyewitness News she was expelled from summer school because her cell phone went off in class.

According to the disctrict's code of conduct, such an offense does not merit that kind of punishment.

District officials did confirm they do not expel students for cell phone use alone.

In a statement, Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie, who stands behind the decision to expel the girl said "behaviors that are in violation of the code of conduct....or those that may escalate from enforcement of expected behaviors should not detract from the learning experience of others."

The district sent home a letter to the girl's mother Monday detailing their specific reasons for the expulsion.

Stevens says she is allowed to return to Burgard for the regular school year in the Fall, but still feels she was wrongfully expelled.