Tribunals hand suspensions out

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A Langford Middle School pupil has been punished for striking a teacher in the head while walking backward, according to a Richmond County tribunal finding made public Friday.

The pupil was walking backward with his hands interlocked over his head Jan. 31 when he struck the teacher, according to the Feb. 11 finding.

Instead of apologizing, he bragged to other pupils that he had "bowed" the teacher in the head, the tribunal found.

The panel suspended him for 10 days, which he had already served, and he was assigned five days of in-school suspension. He also was instructed to write an apology letter to the teacher.

In other tribunal findings from hearings held Feb. 11:

- A Butler High School student was suspended for the rest of the school year because he left campus, smoked marijuana and returned to campus under the influence Jan. 28. He was given the option to attend the Tubman Education Center alternative program.

- Two Cross Creek High School students were suspended for getting into a fight Jan. 31. One of the students refused to obey teachers, struggled with a teacher and used profanity. That student was suspended for the rest of the school year, with the option to attend the alternative program. The other student was given time served, which was 10 days of suspension, and placed on probation for the rest of the school year.

- A Pine Hill Middle School pupil who receives special services stole candy from the concession storage area and distributed it to other pupils Jan. 28. Because this was his second theft, he was suspended for the rest of this school year and the first semester of the 2011-12 school year, with the option to attend the alternative program. This decision is subject to review by the special education team.

- Three Morgan Road Middle School pupils found with marijuana in a restroom Jan. 31 were suspended for the rest of the school year. They were given the option to attend the alternative program.

In tribunal findings from hearings held Feb. 14:

- A Butler special needs student was suspended for the rest of the school year after receiving his 31st disciplinary referral for cutting class Feb. 1. The student was given the option to attend the alternative program. The decision is subject to review by the special education team.

- A Butler special needs student was assigned to the alternative program after receiving his 28th disciplinary referral for cutting class Feb. 1.

- Three Glenn Hills High School students were suspended for the rest of the school year after they cut class Jan. 25 and engaged in a sex acts with two female students. The three students were given the option to attend the alternative program.

- A Langford Middle School pupil was suspended for the rest of the school year after she "started verbally attacking a teacher after confronting a student and then pushed another teacher hard out of her way," a finding states. She was given the option to attend the alternative program.

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Longtime CSRA resident
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Longtime CSRA resident 03/04/11 - 06:35 pm
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All of this could have been

All of this could have been corrected if these children had grown up receiving an old-timey, country "A" whipping like the ones I received. There are so many parents not disciplining their children these days. Pitiful and pathetic.

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CocknFire23 03/04/11 - 06:51 pm
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You cant give them a "A"

You cant give them a "A" whooping as you call it these day due to the probability that you will serve jail time for child abuse. The government restricts the way you can punish your child now and the outcome is what you see above.

jazzlover04
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jazzlover04 03/04/11 - 07:16 pm
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jazzlover04
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jazzlover04 03/04/11 - 07:14 pm
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Being an involved parent

Being an involved parent usually prevents most of these problems. Which lessens the need for "A" whoopings. Most kids only practice what they see. For example, what happens when the kids above have children? (which probably is in the near future). Do we really expect for them to be effective parents?

jazzlover04
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jazzlover04 03/04/11 - 07:16 pm
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Please excuse the multiple

Please excuse the multiple posts.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 03/04/11 - 09:04 pm
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You are absolutely right

You are absolutely right CocknFire23...

Mk Ultra
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Mk Ultra 03/04/11 - 11:03 pm
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Amen ImPOed! Too many people

Amen ImPOed! Too many people here just blame the government and don't look at the big picture.

Mk Ultra
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Mk Ultra 03/04/11 - 11:04 pm
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Oh and it's not just Richmond

Oh and it's not just Richmond county either. Columbia county has it's issues but they just know how to keep them out of the news better. I graduated from Evans High in 2005....I saw more than my fair share of drug deals go down in the lunchroom/commons area...among other things.

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AutumnLeaves 03/05/11 - 12:01 am
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Whipping is not discipline,

Whipping is not discipline, it is corporal punishment. There is a difference. Corporal punishment is ineffective in the long run if at all and teaches the wrong lesson.

TeaPartyForOurCountry
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TeaPartyForOurCountry 03/05/11 - 12:06 am
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WHAT HAPPENED

WHAT HAPPENED

Martinez
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Martinez 03/05/11 - 06:52 am
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Looks like someone at Butler

Looks like someone at Butler deserves recognition for at least attemping to require student attendance. No teacher can teach a student who isn't present. So much pressure is put on teachers to hold them accountable for student success without consideration to factors that make it impossible for that teacher to do his/her job. Administrators are so concerned with their statistics that obtaining true success often falls by the wayside. I would love to see a report in RC comparing student absences, grades and SAT or ACT scores. How many kids are passing grade wise with 20+ absences a semester and how do those students perform against National Standards? Are they truly passing or are they "being passed" by administrators who have learned to play the numbers game???

On another note - (the first case listed) a student hits a teacher, brags about it and only gets a 10 day suspension. But in other cases, students who hit each other and get suspended for the remainder of the school year. What message does this send to teachers? Why is their safety less valuable then two students who mutually participate in combat against each other?

Martinez
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Martinez 03/05/11 - 07:14 am
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Mk Ultra - say what you want

Mk Ultra - say what you want about CC but I feel far more confident that they are truly teaching students. I have a child at LHS whose grades are mediocre at best, in part because he was held to a high standard and made to work for them. On the flip side, his SAT & ACT scores are far above the State and National average. He won't be HOPE eligible because of GPA but I feel confident, even as a mid-range performer, that the high standards set at LHS will have truly preparred him for the rigors of college. Do you feel RC is truly doing enough to ensure the same?

Before anyone thinks I am anti-RC, I want to say I am anti-lowering standards, regardless of any factors. Our future depends on today's students. I could care less about graduation rates to be honest. Graduate 100 really ambitious kids who wanted to learn, worked for it and are going to make a difference in society as opposed to graduating 1000 by lowering standards to accomodate the lowest performers. It's unfair to the top 10% who despite their hard work and efforts won't be preparred to compete at the next level. And it sends a false message to the bottom 10% who won't have their work load reduced or their absences overlooked or whatever else when and if they try to get a job as adults.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 03/05/11 - 09:25 am
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I feel sorry for the teachers

I feel sorry for the teachers at the alternative school.

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countyman 03/05/11 - 01:03 pm
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Martinez, As somebody who

Martinez, As somebody who attended the schools in Columbia County.. I feel confident the students at Davidson and AR Johnson are more prepared for college after graduation than the Lakeside or Greenbriar students.. Comparing the mid to top students at Lakeside, Greenbriar, and Evans is apples to oranges against Westside, ARC, or Cross Creek...

I also don't think the kids at Harlem are learning anymore than the students at Josey or Laney..

MKUltra.. I wouldn't say CC knows how to keep things out of the paper.. The media chooses not to cover the tribunals in CC.. I always laugh for instance when WRDW does a segment on school crimes or crimes by zipcode.. Because you already know it's bascially only going to cover Richmond County..

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seenitB4 03/05/11 - 02:11 pm
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Just wondering if private

Just wondering if private business could do a better job of running the schools.......Japan & China seem to do a better job...hey GEEZ I just thought of something.....since we send our jobs to other countries, why not do the same with the school system....fire all the teachers here & bring in outsiders.....congress will be next in line for the change-out!!
Sounds crazy heh....well how do you think the textile workers felt??

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/05/11 - 06:25 pm
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Tribunals hand suspensions

Tribunals hand suspensions out - - - - is that correct? I don't think so.
Read it a second time and it might sink in.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/05/11 - 10:31 pm
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"I have a child at LHS whose

"I have a child at LHS whose grades are mediocre at best, in part because he was held to a high standard and made to work for them. On the flip side, his SAT & ACT scores are far above the State and National average. He won't be HOPE eligible because of GPA but I feel confident, even as a mid-range performer, that the high standards set at LHS will have truly preparred him for the rigors of college."

Martinez, SAT and ACT scores are not predictors of college success. You can expect someone's college GPA to drop 1 full point from high school; and if you get C's in college, then it's pretty much a waste of time and money. C's in lower level courses don't provide you with enough background to be successful in upper level courses. College is much harder than high school; it is very rare that mediocre high school students are successful in college. Too many parents don't realize that, and that's why there is a 50% failure rate for first-year college students.

If maturity is your child's issue, the only thing that cures that is time, and you may seriously want to consider delaying their college entry- unless you enjoy throwing away money.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/05/11 - 10:34 pm
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"How many kids are passing

"How many kids are passing grade wise with 20+ absences a semester and how do those students perform against National Standards? Are they truly passing or are they "being passed" by administrators who have learned to play the numbers game???

As in Laney High School, where in 2009-2010, 44% of the students were absent more than 15 school days in a year, but whose graduation rate is rising?

Martinez
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Martinez 03/05/11 - 11:53 pm
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SAT & ACT might not be a

SAT & ACT might not be a great predictor but it is one predictor, hence why colleges use it to determine acceptance. It's also one of the few ways to truly compare apples to apples. GPAs can vary greatly based on the standards set by each school. A kid with a 4.0 from a school with low expectations might be equivalent to a kid with a 3.0 from a school with high expectations in terms of future success. It's funny that you compared LHS to Laney though. Forget graduation rates which can be easily manipulated, how many Laney kids go to college? And graduate from college? Or heck, how many even take the standardized test (SAT) required to get accepted to most colleges? In 2009, only 33 students tested from Laney. Compared to 257 from Lakeside. Add to that, the Laney average was 1148, approx 350 pts below the national average as opposed to LHS which was 1600, nearly 100 pts above the national average. No, it's not the end all be all but it is measurable and I would rather bet on the future success of a mid-range performer at LHS then a Star student at Laney any day.

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ParentEducator 03/08/11 - 08:04 pm
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SeenitB4 - Japan and China

SeenitB4 - Japan and China have a different culture. Their students are required to attend from 6am to 6 pm and often attend on Saturday. Kicker is THEY ATTEND! It wouldn't matter what company you brought in to run the schools, the kids attending those schools can not, do not and will not learn unless they are in attendance. Until RCBOE addresses the attendance issues, the academic standards, as well as the ACT and SAT scores will not raise. Corgi & Martinez, why all the Laney bashing? Most of the schools are in a Catch 22, if they report the absences they won't make AYP, and if they suspend all those kids that are skipping the graduation rate will nose dive.

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