Along with your comments is that suspending the student is to a strategy in some situations to stop them becoming a hero to other students. Their behaviour being lauded can reinforce the poor behaviours in the student, and create others copying the behaviour for attention. Removing them can defuse that. As a DP, I had staff and parents say that I was giving the child what they wanted, time at home, but suspended students actually found that the rest of the school had moved on from the incident by the time they returned. Not only were they not the centre of attention, they were out of touch with the school, and they felt that.