Courtroom Battle After School Fight

A mother suing a local county school board presented her case to the North Carolina Court of Appeals Wednesday.

Revondia Harvey-Barrow is suing the Beaufort County Board of Education. Harvey-Barrow says her daughter, Viktoria King, was unfairly suspended for 365 days from enrolling in any school in North Carolina.

Southside High School in Chocowinity punished the teen and other girls after a fight there in January 2008. Harvey-Barrow says it was unfair that her daughter, whom she says did not start the fight, was suspended for a full year, while others were allowed to return to Southside or go to alternative schools.

We are told the three-judge panel who heard the case Wednesday will now deliberate, and a decision will be announced within 90 days.

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  • by Shannon Location: Washington on Mar 20, 2009 at 05:27 AM
    To:Anonymous,NWparent,and the rest of you of that are talking a bunch of (junk). To you, NWparent, your comment tells the world it has everthing to do about race. Some whites do get along with some of us blacks, and it's not that they want or try. They do it. And vice versa. To say that blacks are the most (prejudice on God's earth) is a lie and (you know it). You NEED to look up the HISTORY. This was just the opportunity to lash out at blacks. May God forgive you. As for you,Anonymous,no matter how children or daddies there are; it doesn't change the fact the child still have a right to an EDUCATION. Even prisoners,gays and lesbians,and people with mental illnesses have rights. GOD is NOT pleased and yes he has everything to do with it. Back in the 60's and 70's prayer was in school and when God is not in it you can look for problems. I love evrybody. I don't agree with everything nor do I understand everything people say and do,but I love them. Lean not to your own understanding.
  • by SHANNON Location: WASHINGTON on Mar 19, 2009 at 05:40 AM
    It's crazy that the child was kicked for an entire year, for one fight. Kids are going to be kids. Not that it's o.k. for the to fight in school or any other place. That was a really harsh penalty. I personally think that the school system is setting these children up for failure. If the school system gives up on the youth, some of the children will have nobody to turn to. For the love of Jesus they're children. Some of us adults have done much worst, but just didn't get caught. God is forgiven. Who are we not to forgive? Judge not lest you be judged. I pray for her family and for the system. We (all) make mistakes. Give her another chance.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2009 at 03:08 AM
    to: tad jamesville, if there's 5 children , then you can bet there's at least 5 different dads . Maybe if she called obamma she can get her unruly child a BAILOUT !
  • by NWparent Location: Jville on Mar 2, 2009 at 05:37 AM
    I have to say that when the schools enforced the old "discipline" none of this actually ever happened; sure there would be an occasional fight, but nothing like this. Get over it, and hold you kids accountable for their actions. And as far as race, we whites want to get along with you, but you blacks are the most prejudice people on God's earth. When our schools were seperate we did not have these problems; you always have to blame white folks for all your problems..get a life!
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 19, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    I guess you got the statement Tad. There you go. You did not know after all how good Williamston was back in the 90's did you? Well it served me a FINE education and the faculty and staff treated all of us like family. In the late 60's and early 70's my Mom was at WHS and there was no such a thing as fighting and teenage pregency at the time, tell me Williamston was a bad school then as well won't you.
  • by stephanie Location: washington on Feb 18, 2009 at 06:05 PM
    It is unfortunate that Beaufort Co Schools failed this girl. She did wrong, she made a stupid decision for which I'm sure she well knows now. The punishment was overdone, she should have been allowed to go to Ed tech. She still had a right to an education. If you don't stay involved with your kids and these teachers and schools they WILL try to railroad your children in the if they don't fit their "standards". So for the Mom, keep fighting for your daughter because if you don't who will. Definitely not Beaufort Co Schools.
  • by Monica Location: Chocowinity on Feb 17, 2009 at 07:36 PM
    I got in a lot of fights in school as well as attended Chocowinity school i was raised with a silver spoon in my mouth and my mother was a teacher. But as a child i made mistakes but now i teach my kids to do different. even though i stayed in trouble i never started a fight. And was a great students as far as grades and yes i had a child in school but made all A's at the same time. I had principals that cared about us back then and not trying to put us out of school forever.South Side has had about three new principals since i graduated maybe the school is the problem.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 17, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    One more thing, about Katie Paschal, she is a very well repected girl who is second in her class and has a wonderful personality. You should actually meet her sometime and not judge her just because she went to Williamston. It does not make any sense to me that you would bash another school in the same county as you live in. I know Williamston has plenty of them that do, but I never did that to another county school, always stuck with my business, worked, and played hard. I also have many friends who went to BG and J-ville which is another reason why. I am a married man and my wife went to what I would say is two of the best high schools around, and that is Manteo and Cape Hatteras. She told me that if we have kids, then she wants us to move down to the OBX, and I really want to do the same thing. It's a much better place to raise kids than around here. I am a Williamston and East Carolina alum who is in the process of taking the CPA exam and hoping and praying to pass it.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 17, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    Hey Tad, Williamston was a very good school when I was in, but I will say they are now not good academically. What I got involved with in Williamston led to a 1420 SAT, a 4.0 GPA, all kinds of honors, a state championship ring from the 95 baseball and football squads, and that led to my days at ECU, where I received my four-year and Master's degrees, but I know how bad Williamston has become now. I don't really know Emery Griggs, I have just heard the name a lot from around town. Jamesville and Bear Grass have had the history of being two good schools I will admit, but they have gone downhill big time. Roanoke is a complete joke in itself, probably worse than Southside. I have never heard of such an incident with Bertie. It seems these days now that you have to send your kids to private schools these days around NC, unless you are somewhere around the beach or the mountains. From what I have seen, Currituck, Dare, and Carteret counties have overall the best schools and school system.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Feb 14, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    ccftbbcs, this girl was punised for being involved in a criminal act, not for being black. If she can't go to school and refrain from trying to hurt other students, she needs to be out of school and in time, in jail. Your arguments are devoid of facts and your accusations of KKK are completely asinine. If people like you got their way, the entire country would be in constant chaos because no black person would ever be held accountable for any of the things they do wrong. There is no reasoning with someone with a complete "we are always a victim" mindset.

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