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3 Westside High School students suspended for smoking marijuana on the way to school

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 9:34 PM
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 2:54 PM
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Three Westside High School students were suspended after they smoked marijuana on the way to school, according to a Richmond County tribunal finding recently made public.

One student was suspended for the rest of the school year and the first semester of the 2012-13 school year for the Jan. 23 incident. Another student was suspended for the rest of this school year. Both were given the option to attend the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program in lieu of long-term suspension, according to a Feb. 3 tribunal finding.

The third student was suspended for 10 days, time he had already served, and was placed on strict probation for the rest of the school year. The tribunal panel showed leniency because of his disciplinary record, which had been “perfect” before this incident, the finding says.

The following tribunal findings are also from Feb. 3, and pupils were given the option to attend the alternative program in lieu of long-term suspension unless otherwise noted:

  • A Murphey Middle Charter School special-education pupil refused to go to class Jan. 23, used profanity with teachers and administrators, and charged a teacher in an attempt to knock her down. The pupil was suspended for the rest of the school year. This decision is subject to review by the special education team.
  • A Hephzibah Middle School pupil with a disability responded with a suggestion to “Shoot my teachers!” on Jan. 10. The pupil was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the school year.

The following findings are from Feb. 6. Students were given the option to attend Tubman in lieu of long-term suspension unless otherwise noted:

  • A Cross Creek High School student was suspended for the rest of the school year after being identified as a chronic disciplinary problem student, despite interventions.
  • A Hephzibah High School special-education student refused to turn over his cellphone Jan. 26 and told the assistant principal she would be dead. He was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the school year.
  • A Hephzibah Middle special-education pupil used profane and threatening language about another pupil in the office Jan. 24. He was suspended for the rest of the school year.
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raul
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raul 02/22/12 - 11:14 pm
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Just how big is this Tubman

Just how big is this Tubman Education Center Alternative Program? It must be packed!

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 02/22/12 - 11:19 pm
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It seems to me that some of

It seems to me that some of these little darlings didn't get enough butt whoopings at home. Again, why do teachers have to put up with this garbage? Maybe mommy and daddy should be forced to home-school these little brats.

stupid
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stupid 02/22/12 - 11:33 pm
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fatboyhog you are right on!

fatboyhog you are right on! These students need some good ol discipline at home and it needs to start at a young age and continue. Apparently mom and dad at not at home.

KSL
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KSL 02/22/12 - 11:36 pm
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They are responsible for the

They are responsible for the problem. How is their home schooling going to fix it? I think there are other ways to make parent(s) responsible. Hit them in the purse. "You got money to help you rear your kids. You owe it to sociirty (taxpayers who are paying to raise their children as well as yours) to raise them right.

Bonk
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Bonk 02/23/12 - 12:12 am
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How can you get suspended for

How can you get suspended for smoking MJ ON THE WAY to school?

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 02/23/12 - 12:29 am
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KSL, maybe if mommy & daddy

KSL, maybe if mommy & daddy were FORCED to spend time with their little darlings, who are dropped off daily to wreak havoc on the school system, maybe they'd get a good dose of this behavior. Why should students who want to learn, and teachers who want to reach, be subjected to this?

And I've been a proponent for years about taking "benefits" away from those whose little darlings are constantly in trouble. If we are giving you money to help raise your child, and he/she is out if control, you should lose that free ride. Taxpayers are footing the bill and getting no positive return on their "investment."

KSL
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KSL 02/23/12 - 12:40 am
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Kind of the same way you can

Kind of the same way you can be fired for showing up for work stoned or drunk. As s taxpayer, I am not interested in paying to educate students who arrive at school under the influence.

Bonk
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Bonk 02/23/12 - 12:49 am
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Maybe one of the students has

Maybe one of the students has glaucoma or a medical condition that results in nausea, insomnia or chronic pain. That would be a mitigating circumstance.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/23/12 - 03:43 am
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And GA's greedy, self-serving

And GA's greedy, self-serving educRATS can't understand why so many parents show substantial interest in educational options outside the bailiwick of local boards of education and their effete attorney-comrades.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 02/23/12 - 04:38 am
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Why weren't they arrested for

Why weren't they arrested for possession? Personally I think marijuana should be legal. But at this time it is not, so why not punish them under the law?

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 02/23/12 - 07:23 am
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what's more harmful-
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what's more harmful- marijuana or getting kicked out of school?
glad to see there were no sex stories this time. lord knows they would have been featured in the headline.
Someone kinda threw a fuss at a special ed kid saying he or she would be dead without his or her cell phone. wow. zero tolerance is a beautiful thing. also love the sharia gang advocating violence against kids here. augusta rocks.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/23/12 - 10:44 am
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bsnm, the kids are not

bsnm, the kids are not getting kicked out of school. That's why the choice is ALTERNATIVE school. If your teenager was heading to school and was involved in an accident cause by the intoxication of this student/s who choose to smoke MJ on the way to school and the end result was your child was dead......would you be so flippant about your response or would you view this just a little differently.

As a side note, correct discipline by parents is not violence.

allhans
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allhans 02/23/12 - 11:27 am
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Send more children to

Send more children to alternative school so they can play hookie and nothing happens.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 02/23/12 - 12:23 pm
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I hear ya, Broad Street. I
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I hear ya, Broad Street.

I mean........the "don't lay a hand on the little darlings" policy is working out sooo well, aint it? Just look around.

We're surrounded by obedient, thoughtful children who truly respect authority of all forms and each other.

So much better than the bad old days 40 and 50 years ago when kids brought guns to school and killed their teachers and each other.

Wait a minute........

filemite
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filemite 02/23/12 - 01:04 pm
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bonk, im assuming youre

bonk, im assuming youre kidding, cause it made me laugh--you seem totally serious though

Bonk
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Bonk 02/23/12 - 01:47 pm
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It was mostly a joke. Not

It was mostly a joke. Not too many hs students have glaucoma. Also, even in the medical marijuana states one has to be over 18 to get a weed card. Georgia will be one the last states to implement it. Georgia will be a good place to be when the end of the world comes because we're 20 years behind the times.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 02/23/12 - 04:03 pm
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ha. bonk. inchrist, i doubt
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ha. bonk. inchrist, i doubt middle schoolers were driving.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 02/23/12 - 04:05 pm
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oh, high school. ok. yeah,
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oh, high school. ok. yeah, i don't condone intoxicated driving. public transport would be so much jollier and safer as prevention than jail is as punishment, btw. sorry to make sense. that's very rude in augusta, i know. ps, kids should never drive. they're kinda dumb and excited.

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