Expelled Students Taking Case To State Supreme Court

Students expelled from Southside High School are taking their legal battle to the highest court in the state.

School officials expelled two students from Southside High School in Chocowinity in Beaufort County after a fight in January 2008. Lawyers for the two girls have argued that they have a right to an alternative education, even if they are expelled from their original school. The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled last month with the Beaufort County Schools decision to expel the students, saying the decision to offer alternative education should rest with local school boards. The Washington Daily News reports that the lawyers for the students are appealing the case to the State Supreme Court.


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  • by CH Location: Charlotte, NC on Dec 31, 2010 at 01:38 PM
    Joyce, try teaching for one day. I bet you would not make it. Try controlling a class of students whose parents have not raised them with the right structure to receive correction and discipline. It is not a teacher's responsibility to control a classroom. We can set rules and procedures in place but we can't out a gun to a child's head and make them follow those rules. Deal with the stress of managing a classroom with a high risk population of students knowing that you have to keep issues in your classroom or else you will get chewed out for writing a referral. Deal with the classifications that justify misbehaviors by students like a student who is classified as having a "serious emotional disability." That students inappropriate behaviors are attributed to their disability to the extent that federal law prohbits them from being suspended more than ten days even if they cuss out their teachers on a daily basis. Deal with that and then tell me its the teachers faults.
  • by Steve Location: greenville on Dec 2, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    I was a teacher for 7 years in another county and am currently looking for another position in my field, so I know what is going on in these schools as well. As far as cameras in the classrooms goes it would never fly for the simple reason that these students are minors and some parents would not allow there kids be taped. Also, the cost of setting up all those cameras would be astronomical especially when some schools have over 100 teachers on staff. just my opinion.
  • by to Cactus on Dec 1, 2009 at 06:16 PM
    With your tax money of course. Since you assume these kids are black. I pay taxes and I feel that all kids should be in school. That is what I pay these lazy teachers to do. So they should shutup and teach or find another profession.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Dec 1, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    The community colleges offer high school grad courses and the GED. There's your opportunity. School's a place to learn, not fight. I bet if they were allowed back in the schools, they would act up again. Let their parents home school them if the community college thing is out of the question.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 1, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    The parents can't home school these kids, they can't make them behave long enough to teach, the teacher had the same problem. How are these parents affording the cost of an attorney?
  • by to Lynne on Dec 1, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    If we do this alot of white parents will see their little sweethearts acting out. So then we would not have to hear from people like you. What would you do if your child was the one bullying the kids?
  • by TT Location: ENC on Dec 1, 2009 at 01:17 PM
    The landscaping companies are always looking for yard rakers. I am sure their intelligence level is that of a rock.
  • by Ruby Location: Greenville on Dec 1, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    Joyce, the way you comment it sounds like you think teachers are trained in combat fighting, which in today's lack-of-parenting world, maybe they need to be! Teachers are there to teach, not to raise your brat. Brats/bullies ruin the entire learning atmosphere of a classroom and if the brats don't want to sit and behave and respect the teacher like the kids who WERE taught right from wrong do, then out they should go. School systems have to deal with so much crap now from bad kids, kids who have never been disciplined at home, taught to respect their elders or how to sit still and listen. Don't blame the school systems for parents' lack of parenting.
  • by casual observer Location: washington on Nov 26, 2009 at 02:45 AM
    As a teacher, I just wanted to comment on a couple of facts. A student is almost never expelled from school for a "First offense". As one mother mentioned, her child got into two fights and was given a short term suspension from school. The two girls involved MUST have been involved in several incidents on campus to be given such a strong punishment, otherwise, the school board would have overturned the decision. The bottom line is, two students who chronically undermine the safety of other students and staff deserve severe punishment. In fact, in several other local counties (Martin) students are automatically charged by the police for assault on campus when they fight at school. These students are charged and have to appear in court...Friends have told me military schools have a hands off policy for fights, meaning, staff does not step in during a fight to break it up - and usually that is enough of a deterrent to stop kids from fighting at school. Lots of options for Beaufort County
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Nov 25, 2009 at 06:10 AM
    In finishing up, the girls in this lawsuit was part of a group that had planned the fight. They uploaded their videos to youtube. PARENTS wake up and do your job and it is the teachers' responsiblity to teach NOT to raise your children. If do the crime, then do the time. Conduct handbooks are sent out the beginning of every school year & I suggest reading them instead of throwing them in the trash. I'm sick of parents that blame everyone else for their lack of parenting and morals.
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