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I am very sorry to learn about this situation. Perhaps if you give me a little more information about what happened, as well as the state this occurred in, I can better assist you.
(I do not need identifying information (such as the school or student names), but I do need a little more information about what kind of court proceeding was involved, what kind of allegations were made against the student, etc.).
Schools do not generally bring students to court - if your child was charged with a criminal matter, this would be a law enforcement issue.
So, the school can make a report to law enforcement (police or sheriff), and they can make an arrest or issue a citation.
Once the arrest or citation is made, the student would then have a court date.
Do you have more information about what happened?
It isn't necessary to have prior charges to be charged with something one time (there is no right to a warning).
Regardless of the issue, the school is required to notify the parent of disciplinary proceedings.
You have a great number of rights when it comes to disciplinary proceedings (schools have a lot of latitude in what they can do, but they must follow the procedure).
See: http://www.mhlac.org/Docs/ed_discipline.pdf (There is a lot in this document, but given your son's situation, I recommend reviewing it carefully).