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Richmond County students assigned to alternative program after facing criminal charges

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Several students were assigned to the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program after they were charged with criminal offenses, according to Richmond County tribunal findings released this week.

Rule 32 of the Code of Student Conduct and Disci­pline applies to students who are charged with a serious criminal offense and whose immediate return to school could disrupt the educational process. The following students met the requirements of that rule, tribunal findings show:

  • An Academy of Rich­mond County student was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the school year. He was charged in a home invasion and robbery and spent 30 days in the Regional Youth Detention Center, according to a Dec. 8 tribunal finding.
  • A Lucy C. Laney High School student was assigned to the alternative program until the final disposition of a felony charge of robbery by force. Upon disposition of the criminal matter, a tribunal will be held to determine the student’s placement, a Dec. 14 finding shows.
  • A T.W. Josey High School student was assigned to the alternative program until the end of the third nine-week grading period. He was incarcerated for one year after being adjudicated on an aggravated auto theft charge. While incarcerated, he made good grades. If he has no issues in the alternative program, he will be allowed to attend his zoned school after the third grading period, according to a Dec. 14 finding.
  • A Langford Middle School pupil was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of this school year and the first semester of 2012-13. The pupil was incarcerated for 30 days after being adjudicated on a burglary charge and is on probation for 12 months.

The following findings are from Dec. 8:

  • A Josey student was separated from fighting another student, then punched a teacher on the side of his head and shoulder Nov. 16. The student was expelled for the rest of this school year and assigned to the alternative program for the 2012-13 school year.
  • A Morgan Road Middle School pupil was disruptive in class, told a teacher he was tired of him and pushed him in the chest Nov. 15. The pupil was suspended until the end of the third nine-week grading period with the option to attend the alternative program in lieu of long-term suspension.

The following findings are from Dec. 14. Unless otherwise noted, the students were given the option to attend the alternative program in lieu of long-term suspension:

  • A Laney student pushed his way past a teacher after he was told not to enter the band room Nov. 30. The student was suspended for the rest of the school year.
  • A Laney special education student was in possession of a pocketknife Nov. 17. He was suspended for the rest of the school year. The decision is subject to review of the special education team.
  • Four Josey students were involved in a fight that caused a major disruption to the school Dec. 1. Three of the students were suspended for the rest of this school year and the first semester of 2012-13, and the fourth was suspended for the rest of this school year.
  • A Glenn Hills High School student came onto the campus while he was suspended Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. He disrupted classes, evaded school officials and tried to board the school bus. The student was suspended for the rest of the school year.
  • A Glenn Hills High student did not give the school bus driver his name, then followed the bus driver in the school hallway and punched him in the jaw despite an assistant principal telling the student to stop. The student was expelled for the rest of his school career.
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Music Teacher
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Music Teacher 01/11/12 - 04:21 am
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These are the students that

These are the students that teachers are supposed to educate and so they can meet the No Child Left Behind standards. Some people even float the idea that students like these should be given the opportunity to grade the teacher on their teaching abilities/methods. Please explain if the students cannot (or will not) follow simple directions (such as do not enter or give his/her name) how a teacher can be found at fault when these students fail. Does anyone think these kids are coming to class prepared and have their homework completed? As adults we realize that keeping them out of school for the rest of the year hurts them in the long run but these kids will think they've earned a free vacation. Since alternative school doesn't always fit the situation, there should be an unpleasant alternative that will make them want to obey and stay in school! Right now they have us over the proverbial barrel!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/11/12 - 06:48 am
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music teacher...I 100% agree

music teacher...I 100% agree with you.....I can't even post on here about what I would do to a student for punching a teacher....I'll say this....he wouldn't be able to sit for a looong time.

aubaug
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aubaug 01/11/12 - 07:30 am
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Boot Camp! It will turn

Boot Camp! It will turn these thugs around, serve as a great deterrent, and save the School District $$$ in the long term. Let's bring strong, meaningful, discipline back to our schools, so our children can learn and our teachers can feel safe!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 01/11/12 - 12:07 pm
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Music Teacher, Hang in there.

Music Teacher,

Hang in there. Our kids need teachers like you.

Unfortunately, you are correct in your closing assertion, "Right now they(some students) have us over the proverbial barrel!"

THE ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What are we teachers going to do about this situation?

"Nothing" is an unacceptable answer.

If you concur, e-mail me at: craigspinks@aol.com.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 01/11/12 - 01:19 pm
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This is how the public school
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This is how the public school system works (or doesn't work).........or "how modern psychology and political correctness have helped to raise a generation of self-absorbed monsters."

The teachers are afraid of the principals.

The principals are afraid of the Board of Education.

The Board of Education is afraid of the parents.

The parents are afraid of the kids.

The kids are afraid of nobody.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 01/11/12 - 01:36 pm
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Music Teacher, I feel you

Music Teacher, I feel you pain...I retired after 32 years in public school...I paid my dues and would NEVER go back under the current conditions!!!

yellow cat
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yellow cat 01/11/12 - 03:10 pm
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These type of students are

These type of students are like a disease. Their behavior spreads rapidly and they can easily ruin an entire class. Yet teachers are expected to forfeit a class in order to save them.

yellow cat
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yellow cat 01/11/12 - 03:18 pm
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Given a chance teachers could

Given a chance teachers could deal with these type of students,however control was taken out of the teacher's hands long ago. Teachers are the only profession given advice and told what to do by people who are not of their profession. Even the superintendent is told what to do by a group of people who are not educators some are not even educated. I ask you what is wrong with that picture? Can you imagine a carpenter telling a doctor how to doctor, or a farmer telling an astronaut how to operate the space shuttle?

madgerman
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madgerman 01/11/12 - 06:35 pm
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I have said on many occasions
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I have said on many occasions that to protect teachers we need some "cheap" video camreas in the classroom and we need to start charging these hoodlums with crimes instead of sending them to a court that is run by a preacher wannabe. I can't blame the music teacher for not standing up. I maen afterall who is responsible for the school - the principal. And what happens to a teacher that complains that nothing is being done - probably fired or assigned to teach at Tubman in this right to work state.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 01/11/12 - 07:05 pm
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(Y)ellow cat and

(Y)ellow cat and (M)adgerman,

Returning authority to teachers and placing cameras in their classrooms are two good ideas. But of what use are good ideas when the RCBOE's attorney is afraid of his own shadow. And he's most afraid when that shadow is cast in a courtroom.

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junkyardpig 01/12/12 - 04:39 am
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corporal punishment is

corporal punishment is needed. caning in public will stop alot of this crap. then the ydc's wouldnt be the way they are and eventually the prison system wouldnt be either

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