Our expert says:
OK, she did something foolish and unhelpful and which can cause harm to her and trouble at school. Most kids do at least something stupid in out schooldays ( and later in life, too !). She is probably feling she's in a disasterous situation and that she may not deserve your love and support. Make it directly and rapidly clear to her that though you also wish she had not done this, its not going to be the end of the world, that you still love her and will support and help her, and that the pair of you need to work together to sort this out.
As a parent its not your fault that this happened, but you can help - to speak to the school and find out how the hearing is run and how you can prepare for it, ensure that they agree ( as I suspect they would have to do, by law ) that you at least can be there to support and help advise her through such a hearing. Then you can rehearse with her what questions they might ask, and what would be the best way to answer them. Rehearse with her what she thinks her friends might say, and how best to answer them. Facing one's fears, and preparing how best to deal with them, is always helpful
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