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Old 09-29-2010, 08:40 AM   #1
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School Suspends Student For Bloodshot Eyes

Well they also claimed they smelled pot on his clothes. Way to go, when you know the tragic loss he suffered. Way to promote compassion and to gain his trust and the trust of all the other students. Zero tolerance was definitely counterproductive in this case.



Who’s High? A School Suspends a Student for Bloodshot Eyes – TIME Healthland

California may be considering the full legalization of marijuana, but in Texas, a student was recently suspended from school for having red eyes. In Trophy Club, Texas, 16-year-old Kyler Robertson chose to attend classes just two days after his father was stabbed to death. His mother had urged the grief-stricken boy to stay home, according to a report on the local Fox News station, but Kyler said he wanted the comfort of his friends.

Administrators at Byron Nelson High School didn't let the boy stay on campus for long. Because of his irritated eyes and, they claimed, the smell of marijuana on his clothes, school officials said they suspected Kyler of using marijuana and sent him home Tuesday with a three-day suspension. The school said it would lift the suspension within two hours if Kyler passed a drug test — which he did.

Kyler's mother says she had notified school officials and her son's teachers about her husband's murder.

Drug use at school can certainly cause problems — but zero-tolerance policies like Byron Nelson's aren't the solution. They tend to be ineffective — or even counterproductive. Research shows that students who feel closely connected to a school community are less likely to have drug problems, and zero-tolerance policies have been found to reduce school connectedness.

Worse, Byron Nelson's policy seems to controvert the notion of innocent until proven guilty — and the idea that people should be treated with common sense and decency. (One has to wonder, too, whether it's worth sullying a student's academic record because he might have smoked pot two days after his father was stabbed to death.)

If the school had been concerned for his safety, it seems to me that a trip to the hospital would have been their best bet. If his emotional health were the problem, being sent to a school counselor's office might be advised. Or maybe someone could have given the kid a hug and the chance to talk to a trusted teacher.

The next Trophy Club kid who loses a parent probably won't be seeking solace at school, but at least the local stoners won't reject him for showing normal signs of sadness.
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Pot is the ONLY thing that causes bloodshot eyes.
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Oh, geez. Overreacting much there, school administration?

Yeah. Definitely should've asked what was up first before going all crazy like that. That poor kid, sorry to hear about his father. Wow.

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A 16 year old kid with bloodshot eyes, whose clothes smelled of marijuana?

Let's call it like it is. Dude was high.

But, innocent until proven guilty and all that. The eyes and the smell, many would argue, is not enough just cause to punish him.

Dude was definitely high, tho.
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A 16 year old kid with bloodshot eyes, whose clothes smelled of marijuana?

Let's call it like it is. Dude was high.

But, innocent until proven guilty and all that. The eyes and the smell, many would argue, is not enough just cause to punish him.

Dude was definitely high, tho.
A 16 year old kid with bloodshot eyes since he hasn't slept well, whose clothes smelled of something(who made this judgement call), who past a drug test that very day.

Yeah, definately high...
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Ahhh, I completely skipped over the part where he passed the drug test.

My bad.

But he should be getting high. He's 16. If he isn't smoking weed, he's about as bad at being 16 years old as I am at reading news articles carefully.

Also, I would like to point out, just because it feels awful to be owned by BVS, that he misspelled both "definitely" and "passed" in his post.
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But he should be getting high. He's 16. If he isn't smoking weed, he's about as bad at being 16 years old as I am at reading news articles carefully.
I'm 25 and I've never smoked weed once in my entire life. So I guess I failed as a true teenager or young adult .

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^ clear eyes

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Ahhh, I completely skipped over the part where he passed the drug test.

My bad.

But he should be getting high. He's 16. If he isn't smoking weed, he's about as bad at being 16 years old as I am at reading news articles carefully.

Also, I would like to point out, just because it feels awful to be owned by BVS, that he misspelled both "definitely" and "passed" in his post.
bloodshot postings?
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I can count on one hand how times I smoked weed in my life. I guess I'm a loser.
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I'm 25 and I've never smoked weed once in my entire life. So I guess I failed as a true teenager or young adult .

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No, of course not. I was being facetious with that statement. Should have put one of these at the end of that sentence there.

Anyway, back to the topic.

This high school in Texas was totally bogus to this kid.
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geez, there were many times i'd come to school with bloodshot eyes and my clothes smelling of cigarettes, pot, or both. yet i've never smoked pot ever, and only tried smoking like twice. glad i didn't go to school in texas.

talk about a massive overreaction.
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gross overreaction. we had kids coming to school all the time smelling like weed with bloodshot eyes and everyone knew they were the ones getting high all the time, no suspensions, just a sterm "tuck in your goddam shirt".

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Also, I would like to point out, just because it feels awful to be owned by BVS, that he misspelled both "definitely" and "passed" in his post.
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Also, I would like to point out, just because it feels awful to be owned by BVS, that he misspelled both "definitely" and "passed" in his post.
I did, I always misspell 'definitely" and I'm not sure why I used "past" instead of "passed"... I need to quit posting from my phone.

Feels awful eh?

Didn't realize I made so many posters feel that way... Shouldn't YOU be used to it by now though?
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I don't see how "smelling" of pot is any sort of class disruption. Even if he was high, he would've probably been more focused than any other little turd there who was texting or sleeping in class.
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Even if he was high, he would've probably been more focused than any other little turd there who was texting or sleeping in class.
Yes but probably on the wrong thing

A friend of mine once spent over an hour staring and talking about nothing but his fingernails...
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poor kid. I can't even imagine dealing with a murder of a parent.
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It's a sad commentary on our society today, but one (legit) way to gain lots of money is to sue. It was my understanding he will do this, for the various reasons allowed by law, and get that college fund set. So some good will come from the ignorance the school exhibited.
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Good thing he didn't smell of toothpaste and plant food - I suppose he'd have been suspended for being a terrorist.
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How about this suspension?



Student gets the gate for riding horse to school

By L. Finch, Boston Globe Correspondent | November 2, 2010

A 17-year-old senior, trying to bring some school spirit to Hamilton last week by dressing as a knight and bringing his family’s horse to his high school, was promptly suspended and sent home.

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School officials deemed the stunt early Thursday morning to be dangerous and ordered the student, wearing a helmet and carrying a fake sword, to leave the grounds, along with the horse. A friend who had dressed as a squire in beige tunic and tall black boots and led the horse by the reins, was given a one-day suspension and two hours’ community service.

“They told my son it’s the equivalent of bringing in a loaded firearm to school’’ Ron DePaolis, the teenager’s father, said of the horse in a telephone interview yesterday. But he “brought the spirit up of the student body,’’ DePaolis said. “The kids need that, a little boost in the morale.’’

DePaolis said his son, Dan, approached him earlier in the week for permission to ride Pierre, the family’s horse, around the school’s parking lot to celebrate spirit week. Each day carried a different theme, and Thursday’s encouraged students to dress like a knight, he said.

Thinking it was a clever idea, DePaolis and his wife, an equestrienne, accompanied their son.

But only minutes into the ride, the high school’s associate principal put a stop to the spectacle, suspending Dan on the spot, his father said. The group then went home with Pierre.

DePaolis said the horse was calm, under control, and walking at a slow pace.

But school officials, who were not forewarned about the plan, were concerned the animal could hurt someone, said Raleigh C. Buchanan, superintendent of the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District. The district has a policy against animals, including horses, on school property.

The teenager’s father said a number of students arriving at school that morning stayed outside to watch the horse and its accompanying youths. No one seemed alarmed, he added.

Even though horses are a common sight in Hamilton and Wenham, school officials were not familiar with the DePaolises’ horse and could not risk the possibility that it could become frightened and turn on students, he said.

“On one hand, he’s a good kid, and I think he was just trying to do something different and unique, and that’s the kind of students we like,’’ Buchanan said. “The issue is it was one of the worst times for him to be doing that. You had buses coming, cars coming, and it was a potential hazard if something would have spooked the horse.’’

The teenager was back in school yesterday, excited about his return, his father said.
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