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Students punished for drugs and other offenses

Posted: November 18, 2011 - 11:02am

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November started off with the expulsion of two Harlem High School students for drug offenses.
Each student was found with Adderall and were expelled for the remainder of the semester Nov. 1 by a Columbia County school system hearing officer, according to a discipline report provided Friday by system officials.
On the same day, the hearing officer expelled a student already in the county’s Grovetown alternative school for an “accumulation of offenses.”
Another alternative school student was remanded back to the school on the same charge.
Later in the month, two more alternative school students were expelled; one for an accumulation of offenses and the other for making threats. Both will be allowed to return to the alternative school for the second semester.
An accumulation of offenses also got pupils at Lakeside High and Harlem Middle sent to the alternative school, and a special needs pupil at Grovetown Middle School referred to a Individual Education Plan committee.
Three more alternative school students recently were caught with drugs, but were remanded back to the school with time served.
After being caught with a tobacco product for a fourth time, a hearing officer ruled Nov. 3 that a Harlem High student must spend the rest of the semester at the alternative school. Another Harlem High student was suspended for possession of an over-the-counter medication.
Truancy got an Evans High student expelled for the remainder of the semester.
On a charge of “violation of Georgia law,” a Greenbrier High student was expelled for the rest of the school year. For the same charge, another Greenbrier High student was remanded to an IEP Committee, which sets the curriculum and punishments for special needs students.

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Craig Spinks

Bovine excrement: SpEd remand and "Manifestation of disability"

In other words, as punishment for her/his misbehavior, each Special Ed kid got a "redo" on her/his Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and continued to attend the same school without further reprecussion.

Interestingly, if a SpEd kid's misbehavior is determined to be symptomatic of his/her disability, no punishment at all may be meted out to him/her.

The bovine excrement piles higher and higher.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence