Dad appeals girl’s suspension over marijuana reference
A Buffalo man said his daughter was suspended from high school for more than half a year, he says for writing in a journal — later found by school officials — about experimenting with marijuana and thinking about bringing it to school.The superintendent of the Dallas County school district said that is “not the full story” but declined to provide any details, citing student privacy laws.
Tom Grayhorse said his daughter, Krystal, had never been in trouble before she was called into the office and suspended May 9. Originally, she was ousted for 10 days, but it was quickly extended through the end of the 2014 calendar year.
Unable to finish her junior year, her grades plummeted and she lost out on credits needed for graduation. Grayhorse hoped the district would reconsider, allowing her to return last month so she had a chance of graduating with her class in May.
“I was really frustrated,” he said last week. “I thought when school started, they’d wake up.”
Grayhorse, on behalf of his daughter, is appealing the length of the suspension. A closed-door hearing has been scheduled this evening with the Dallas County school board. It is unclear how quickly the board will make a decision.
Zero tolerance gone wild.
The authorities should have quit reading the diary once they realized it was a diary or journal. Even after that, the proper step wa to call in the family to them know she was writing about drug use and may be using drugs which is what they did at first.
But suspension is ridiculous.