Appealing high school suspension?
January 18, 2013 12:33 AM Subscribe
Brother suspended for three days from his high school in California, due to 1. "racist comments"- from an off colour joke and 2. refusing to tell an officer his name. Is the disciplinary action taken equivalent to his behavior? How can we go about appealing it,if so? More details inside.
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I got a call from my mother earlier about my younger brother. He's a 14 year old freshman in high school, and apparently, at lunch, he made an off color joke regarding a part of town. A staff member passed by and overheard his comments. Said staff member informed the on campus police officer in the vicinity, and the officer approached my brother, asking him what his name was. With the intention of invoking the Fifth Amendment, my brother refused to give him his name. He was taken to the office, and sentenced to three days of off campus suspension, beginning tomorrow. The sheet of paper explaining the offenses states, "Racial comments, refused to give officer name".
I've done a bit of research, and according to the school district's site, a parent has the right to appeal an expulsion. I would assume that appealing a suspension, the second most serious disciplinary action, would be plausible too. How would my parents go about it? (Their English is not the best, which is the reason for my involvement) I advised them to call the dean of discipline (although suspension appears to be signed off by the principal) and ask for a meeting discussing the punishment.
Would this be an ideal path of action to take? Or should my parents just..let it go? We find that the suspension is quite severe for an inappropriate joke made by a 14 year old boy in private conversation.
If a meeting is scheduled, most likely I suspect it'd be after the suspension is served. Would there be any hope of erasing the marks on his record? Or will "racist comments" be on it for future colleges to see? And not telling the police officer your name- that's a school offense?