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McKinley Controversy Surrounding Fired Coach and Suspended Student Deepens

By WBFO News

Buffalo, NY – The six week suspension that was added to a five day reprimand for Buffalo School student Jayvonna Kincannon is raising legal questions.

Not only was Kincannon being punished twice for the same offenses, but "The Buffalo News" reports that a suspension of such severity would require a special hearing. No hearing was held. The actual source of the mandated suspension also remains in question.

The edict was made on School District letterhead, but it was not signed by Superintendent James Williams. McKinley High School principal Crystal Barton denies having ordered that additional punishment.

Meanwhile, two school board members held a news conference Friday to say allegations of inappropriate conduct on the part of a volunteer basketball coach at McKinley were not discussed by Williams at a closed-door executive session Tuesday. The board members say they want an ethics investigation into who revealed sensitive information from that meeting to "The News."

"News" Editor Margaret Sullivan stands by the paper's story.

Kincannon was suspended after using her cell phone on school property to contact the school board in support of fired coach Michelle Stiles.