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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island judge says Providence school officials were justified when they prohibited a troubled teen from returning to Classical High School just before the school year ended in 2012.

Judge Daniel A. Procaccini said in a recent ruling that the teen had been identified as having fire-setting tendencies and depression, was not taking her medications and had been absent from school 54 days.

The Providence Journal reports that the girl was hospitalized for mental health issues in October 2011 and May 2012. The school board barred her return to the high school after her release from the hospital, saying it was protecting other students and staff.

The girl's legal guardian went to court, saying school officials were denying her a free and appropriate education.


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