Update On Student Suspended For Using Cell Phone
The 17 year old student, Kevin Francois, has had his suspension reduced from 10 days to 3 days and will be returning to school on Monday. Some other items of interest in this story,
- The school is denying Kevin’s version of events in regards to informing the teacher he was talking to his mother in Iraq.
- Kevin has been a “chronic problem” behavior wise.
- The school does have a policy of letting children of deployed parents talk to the parent via phone.
- Kevin and his guardian did not make special arrangements regarding the above policy.
The school district was basically inundated with calls and e-mails. The phone calls got so bad (in terms of number of calls) that the phone had to be taken off the hook. Also, the school board is going to be reviewing the policy of prohibiting students from using cell phones during school hours. With regards to the phone policy above, I’m curious as to how pro-active the school is in making sure that students with a deployed parent are aware of special policy.
“His initial suspension was for three days for cursing and being defiant,” Parham said. “The punishment for a cell phone is that we take it up and give it to you at the end of the day.”
In light of the special policy for children of deployed parents and that Kevin’s mother is deployed this seems just silly.