Student suspended over reaction to gang term

Friday, June 8, 2012 4:19 PM
Last updated Saturday, June 9, 2012 5:52 PM
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A Tubman Education Center student became outraged when his teacher used the word “crab” during class May 1 and grabbed the teacher and tried to slap him, according to Richmond County School System tribunal findings recently made public.

The teacher tried to stop him, and they fell to the ground. The student was upset by the word “crab” because it can be used as a derogatory term toward members of the Crips gang, according to the tribunal’s finding.

The student was suspended for the remainder of the 2011-12 year and the first semester of the 2012-13 year but will receive special education services during the suspension, as required by law.

The following findings are from tribunals held May 8 and May 15. All students were given the option to attend the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program unless otherwise noted.

• A Tubman Education Center student rode a mo-ped onto the Collins K-8 School campus and taunted the students at recess May 3. The Tubman student did not have permission to be at Collins and was suspended for the remainder of the 2011-12 year and assigned to the alternative program for the 2012-13 year.

• On May 2, a Lucy C. Laney High School student showed a gun and bullets to three students and threatened to shoot two students. The student was expelled for the rest of the 2011-12 year and the 2012-13 year and assigned to the alternative program for the 2013-2014 year.

• On May 9, a Glenn Hills Middle School student found a lighter, lit a piece of balled-up paper and put it in his desk because “he could not get it out.” The student was suspended for the rest of the 2011-12 year.

• A Hephzibah High School student brought a homemade knife made of glass to school April 24. The student was suspended for the rest of the 2011-12 year and the first semester of the 2012-13 year.

• An Academy of Richmond County student was in possession of a small amount of marijuana, a marijuana pipe and Vyvanse pills April 30. The student was allowed to take his year-end exams and, if he is not eligible for graduation, will be suspended for the 2012-13 school year.

• Two W.S. Hornsby K-8 School students came to school while on suspension April 26 and stole other students’ shoes while they were in P.E. class. Both were suspended for the rest of the 2011-12 year and the first semester of the 2012-13 year.

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kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 06/08/12 - 03:54 pm
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Tonight's special
Unpublished

"Crab legs, as much as you can eat...only $10"

"Now sir, there's no need to become aggressive. Were you dissatisfied with your dinner?"

southern2
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southern2 06/08/12 - 04:18 pm
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"will receive special

"will receive special education services during the suspension, as required by law."

Inmates still running the asylum! Any limits on using words like shrimp, catfish, or talapia?

NavyVeteran
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NavyVeteran 06/08/12 - 04:25 pm
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"crab"

If this clown cant tell the difference between a crustacean that makes a great meal and a derogatory term, he/she needs to be expelled permanantly. Suspension and/or alternate school wont help. At this
point no help is possible

trimmy
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trimmy 06/08/12 - 04:56 pm
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Student behavior
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The American family has broken down. It may never recover. Political correctness is overriding the constitution. Can anyone see that? I'm worried about our children, our country and the plight we are up against. I realize that things are always changing, but I think these changes are for the worst. Discipline has left most school buildings.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/08/12 - 07:08 pm
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Who needs the comics when we

Who needs the comics when we get the weekly RC Little Rascals report. The punishments are always the punch line.

If I had tried to slap a teacher and we ended up on the floor my assistant principal would have beat me, then the principal would have beat me, then my mama would have spanked me, then my father would have beat me. I would have been expelled and I would not have received any "special education" services. I would have just been a grade behind the following year....if they let me back in. Maybe what we do now is supposed to be progressive by I think it is merely chaos.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 06/08/12 - 08:24 pm
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Agree entirely with

Agree entirely with dichotomy. And I'm very surprised they havn't tried to discipline the teacher in some way for some crazy reason. As if the teacher was supposed to stand there and be slapped.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 06/08/12 - 09:00 pm
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The teacher should defend him

The teacher should defend him or herself without regard to what happens to the student and the school system should Back them up. It is time that these students learn that the teachers are not their enemy and cannot be attacked.

trimmy
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trimmy 06/08/12 - 09:26 pm
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bad students
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Beat the little brats like we got beat. I've never been in jail. I've never disrespected a teacher. Must have worked. The system today does not work.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/08/12 - 11:27 pm
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JRC- Unfortunately

The school administrators do not adequately stand behind the teachers. They are so indoctrinated to PC think that teachers are on a level field with students and have to prove themselves daily. It boggles the mind....

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/08/12 - 11:51 pm
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Richmond County teachers,

you are "on your own."

The words within the quotations marks above constitute the exact words of a high-level RCBOE official to a question about the RCBOE's "backing" for RCSS teachers. The official noted that he represented the RCBOE, not RCSS teachers.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

junkyardpig
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junkyardpig 06/09/12 - 02:02 am
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punishments

suspended from school equals street crime. I say take away some free time like ydc for their weekends. once they realize that their free time is in jeopardy, maybe they will straighten out. of course caning their rear ends like singapore would stop all of this crap

Techfan
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Techfan 06/09/12 - 04:13 am
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That's what I don't get. Did

That's what I don't get. Did the teacher call the student a crab, or did he say, "Boy, the crab at Red Lobster was great."? Well that, and how in the heck did they come up with "crab" as a derogatory term? "Shrimp" I maybe could understand.

JohnBrownAug
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JohnBrownAug 06/09/12 - 06:17 am
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Why no criminal charges? In

Why no criminal charges? In Columbia County we bring criminal charges against cheerleaders for pulling a Super Glue prank. In Richmond you have teachers assaulted, vehicles on school grounds, guns and bullets and attempted arson with no arrests?

blues550
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blues550 06/09/12 - 07:04 am
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Missing The Barn
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While humorous for sure, we are missing the thousands of RC pupils who are getting a great education and not getting in trouble. Same with Columbia County.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 06/09/12 - 07:07 am
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They don't arrest teens in

They don't arrest teens in RC. It's not PC. Gotta wait til they kill or near kill someone to get an arrest.

Frankie-B
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Frankie-B 06/09/12 - 07:28 am
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SO, no "Stand Your Ground"?

Teachers apparently get no cover from anyone except the folks in this morning's thread. My Lord, I used to respect my teachers, even the not very good ones. The thought of ever disrespecting them, much less striking one, is beyond comprehension to me. This is insanity to operate this way, and it can only end in chaos and anarchy.

boodroe
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boodroe 06/09/12 - 07:32 am
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Crab is a bad word

So Crab is a bad gang word is all shellfish bad what if the teacher had said lobster would the kid have tried to boil the teacher. This kid is already in alternative school can he spell YDC cause that is where He belongs and I hope the kid never sees a seafood ad for crab leg dinner

eb97
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eb97 06/09/12 - 08:04 am
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CRAB?

Please, look at the home environment and you generally see why the kids act the way they do in school. If the parents do not respect the school system then the child will not either. If the parents do not discipline the child at home for wrong doings ,then the child will continue the bad behavior in school.
Each time this happens in the school, I believe it should be mandatory the parents sit through a long parenting education program and if they miss any attendance, the police should pick them up and let them have a little stay in jail. Maybe this would have a greater chance of working to alter the behaviors of both.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 06/09/12 - 08:38 am
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It's not working...

This is just part of a much larger problem that is growing like a cancer in our country.

@soapy "Life skills for the "habitual offender".

This was said in jest, but it has real possibilities.

Removing mental illness from the picture, people behave the only way they know how to and it's passed down generationally. It also grows worse with each generation.

We are a fatherless country and evidently a leaderless school system.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/09/12 - 09:02 am
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What?

I, too, am outraged by the lenient punishment for the student who assaulted a teacher for daring to speak the word "crab." Who knows, they might have been in biology class.

Anyway, I was puzzled by this item:

A Tubman Education Center student rode a mo-ped onto the Collins K-8 School campus and taunted the students at recess May 3. The Tubman student did not have permission to be at Collins and was suspended for the remainder of the 2011-12 year and assigned to the alternative program for the 2012-13 year.

Okay, here we have a Tubman student playing hookey and showing up at Collins school. His punishment is to attend the "alternative program." Wait a minute! I think that Tubman is the alternative program. The student is sentenced to attend his normal school. What kind of message is that?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 06/09/12 - 09:41 am
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Whatever we BEGIN with, is

Whatever we BEGIN with, is what we END with.
We begin with ourselves, we end with ourselves.
It was said we needed no God, we needed no father, and we needed no principal authority. We should have the freedom to do our own thing. Our thing isn't working for us, is it? So, what now? Our government will save us? How's that working? There is a heavenly Father and an earthly father for a reason.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 06/09/12 - 10:22 am
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Very good points Willow.

Very good points Willow.

Jane18
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Jane18 06/09/12 - 10:51 am
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Very much agree

You do know I agree with you, don't you Willow? My hope is one day everyone will come to that realization............

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/09/12 - 01:50 pm
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"They don't arrest teens in

"They don't arrest teens in RC. It's not PC."

That's right. The folks with the "free pass" mentality are in charge of the RCBOE and school administration. We have a concentration of kids over here that are so bad they had to invent Tubman Alternative just to keep them from going straight from the 6th grade to jail.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/09/12 - 02:32 pm
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thinking back

Sad that we expect this type of outrageousness in our public schools, despite the millions of dollars funneled into public education.

I don't have the answers, other than to agree that the roots of this outrage start in the homes of the students. Where are the parents? Specifically, where are the fathers as examples for these kids?

All I know is that when I was a kid, we had prayer in school. We never had bullets or knives.

Teachers often read from the Bible. Now, kids are read their "rights" as they are carted off to jail.

Teachers had paddles for slapping our behinds when necessary. Now, students slap the teachers.

We had no sex education classes and hardly any pregnant students. Now, we tell students about sex, give them condoms, and have to deal with an epidemic of teen pregnancies.

And now we wonder what in the world is wrong with our public school system? What has happened to a once successful program? Funny how all this progressive change has not exactly lived up to its promises.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 06/09/12 - 04:27 pm
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dichotomy....there are more

dichotomy....there are more people with the 'free pass' mentality than you think. That's why most multiple offenders don't take arrests seriously, and enjoy a life of crime on everyone else's tab.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 06/10/12 - 07:33 am
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He should be taken to the

He should be taken to the wood shed and given a good lesson

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