For the purpose of getting stoned/drunk themselves and also sharing/selling to other students who are also getting stoned/drunk while in school. Is being forced into having to spend 2 days a wk during the student's SRP deemed an appropriate punishment? Would your answer be different if this has been a recurring problem with said student/s?
Should these students be turned over to the law instead of just having the school deal out punishment.
Should it matter that these substances are NOT "illegal" in the sense that they aren't street drugs or alcohol??
I think the punishment should reflect the crime. What would they be doing while at that students SRP?
If this student was a "repeat offender" then the punishment should be come harsher with eash repeat offense. Does the school in question have a policy about no pills regardless? I know there are some school systems who have a no tolerence to ANY pills including tylonel. It would really depend on the schools policies in place.
That said, if a student is abusing drugs (legal or not) then maybe a rehabilitation program or an addicts program is in order??
If any thing things are being pushed under the rug more and more as the new administration realizes that there are some REAL problems with in the school with both substance abuse and bullying.
It just seems to me that kids this day and age (at least around here) are being allowed to get away with more and more with out having to face any real punishments or having to suck it up and take responsibility of their own actions.
Back when I was in high school if you were found to be involved in any way with a substance entering the school it was an automatic 3 day suspension, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
With the one student in particular she was caught red handed bringing robitussin into the school and her along with a couple of other girls would be robo tripping through out the entire school day. This has been an on going problem since last year as well as them bringing in Rx Narcotics repeatedly, yet there has NEVER been any real punishment handed down to them. I guess I just don't consider hanging out in the school counselor's office to be a punishment.
I would tend to agree that hanging out in the counsillors office isn't a punishment. and your right when yoyu say "It just seems to me that kids this day and age (at least around here) are being allowed to get away with more and more with out having to face any real punishments or having to suck it up and take responsibility of their own actions."
It's not just kids, but society as a whole. Has any of the other parents tried to talk to this girls parents? It seems that this young girl has an addiction. But getting to the root cause would be interesting. I wonder what her home life is like? coddling a child in this situation is only going to hurt the child in the long run.
Dewey, I would see what your district's drug policy says. If there isn't one, then maybe start lobbying for one. If there is one, and it is NOT being applied, then call your prinicipal and school district superintendent and ask them both why not.
Our school district has a zero-tolerance policy for drugs that IMHO they sometimes take too far. I actually got Tiven into trouble last year when I packed a throat drop in her lunch bag. It never occured to me that someone might consider that to be "drugs" or even "medicine," which I know has to be held by & dispensed by office staff. She was taken to the principal's office, and my husband was called to pick her up. He called me at work & told me what happened, and I called the school. I raged at the principal about how one lump of sugar, lemon & mint was in no way a drug any more than his cup of tea was a drug, and I told him there was no way he was going to send Tiven home over that or I was going to the district because that was just a ridiculous application of their policy. They let her go back to class but I was warned to be more careful.
Here's a summary of our district drug policy:
Possession of OTC or prescription medication results in the child being sent home for the day with a warning to the parents; repeat offenders are subject to the cigarettes & alcohol disclinary procedures.
Possession or sale of cigarettes, alcohol, or other controlled substances results in a meeting with the parents, and a suspension ranging from one day to five days at the principal's discretion based on amount possessed & any prior offenses; repeat offenders are also referred to a substance abuse counseling program.
Possession or sale of illegal substances results in a meeting with the parents, and a five-day suspension with a mandatory expulsion referral/review.
"Suspension" can be served in school, but it must be in a segregated & supervised area, or at home, at the principal's discretion. I suppose the school counselor's office would be the segregated & supervised area in our school for a first-time offender, but repeat offenses should prompt at-home suspension as well as referral to a drug program.
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