A lawsuit filed against the Hinds County School District contends a Terry High student was sent to an alternative school for participating in a coin-toss game on a school bus.
The suit was filed in chancery court by the Southern Poverty Law Center Mississippi Youth Justice Project.
The organization says it's trying to enforce the educational rights of the student, who was identified only as A.H. in court documents.
The organization's policy specialist, Meigan Thompson, says students in alternative schools often suffer a lifetime of adverse consequences.
The suit contends the district failed to follow its own rules in disciplining the student.
Hinds County Schools Superintendent Stephen Handley didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.