Southside Parents Meet With School Board

Several Beaufort County parents voiced their concerns Monday night to the school board over student suspensions following a fight at Southside High School.

County school officials listened to suggestions from the parents during their meeting.

Some parents are upset their kids may receive long-term suspensions, impacting their graduation.

Some suggestions from parents include letting those students involved attend class on Saturdays.

The school board did not take any action.

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  • by Mija Location: Flora IN, on Feb 14, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    I strongly agree with the other parents I am a single mother whos kids have problems with thier school carroll jr. sr. high school
  • by Vickie Location: Chocowinity on Jan 31, 2008 at 06:44 PM
    As a parent of a Southside student, I sincerely hope that the Administation will stand behind the Principal and uphold the long term suspensions of the students who were involved in these fights. I believe in second chances but some of these students have had numerous chances and are still causing trouble. It's not fair for the rest of the students who are trying to get an education to have to endure the disruptions that these students continue to cause. I'm glad that Southside has a dedicated principal who truly cares about ALL of the students. Southside may have the highest supension rate in Beaufort county but with all the students who just want to cause trouble suspended the rest of the students have an opportunity to learn.
  • by Teacher at SHS Location: Never Neverland on Jan 31, 2008 at 05:08 PM
    For those students who are whining about losing their "rights," I strongly suggest that you take a moment to think about why you come to school. Breaks and commons area PRIVILEGES are not rights. Ask any adult that you know if they had a break in high school; the answer is no. Also, consider the fact that the people whose job it is to care for you have taken these steps to insure your safety. If you don't like the changes that have been made TO PROTECT YOU, quit school; you have obviously lost sight of the goal---to get an education, so go see what "rights" or even what privileges you can get without a diploma. Also remember, the teachers also must use the restroom between classes; we aren't asking you to do anything that we aren't already doing. If you spent as much time on your academics as you do complaining, I'd bet you would be an "A" student. You're job title is "STUDENT," not social director or town gossip.
  • by Teacher at SHS Location: Pitt County on Jan 31, 2008 at 04:47 PM
    Southside High School is the best, safest place that I have ever worked. Teachers work hard to prepare our children for the "real world," the one, where people GET ARRESTED for assault and face punishment. High school students are old enough to make choices such as whether or not to participate in a fight. Less than 5% of the school made the wrong decision. The students that were involved were at SHS for all the wrong reasons. I have NEVER felt unsafe. Some parents have a lot of practice complaining about the injustice their precious children are suffering because their precious children are so often in trouble. A student's job is to learn; an administrator's job is to ensure that the environment is conducive to that. I have worked in places where disruptions were allowed to fester because the administration was to busy trying to satisfy the political aspects of the job. Education is being delivered more efficiciently than ever, now that distractions/disruptions are gone.
  • by Kat-Rice Location: Southside High School on Jan 31, 2008 at 08:03 AM
    as a student at shs..i think that it is very STUPID at how everyone gets punished for something everyone didnt do. Yes ok some people knew it was planned but some also tryed to stop it i dont think it is appropriate to take away or bathroom privilages or our BREAK. i feel as if people can fight anywhere weither it be the cafeteria or the auditorium. SCHOOL FEELS LIKE PRISON, OK WE HAVE DRESS CODE AND THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO STOP VIOLENCE BUT WHAT HAPPENED IT ONLY CAUSE MORE!!!this year has been the worsest year ever at shs!!!
  • by arick Location: chocowinity on Jan 30, 2008 at 05:09 PM
    im a student at southside high school and i think the actions they are putting us throught is ridiculous now i know that fighting is not allowed but kids are going to fight whether anybody likes it or not thats just how it is but i think i shouldn't make everybody pay for what happen i think its the schools fault cause you just can't put to places in one school all in one area its not going to work and im not the best student but what about the straight A students and the students that left early that day why should we but punished for something we didn't do if so why don't they just call it a private school cause i mean we now have a dress code which is dumb it shouldn't matter what we wear just as we are at school and they say its sopposed to make test scores high but in fact test scores have lowered since we have had the dress code and now they say we can walk from one end of the school go to the lockers and the bathroom and to the other end of the school all in 5 mins its dumb to me
  • by Parent Location: Blounts Creek on Jan 30, 2008 at 08:16 AM
    To clarify my statement, in case another comment was aimed at me, I think all students who fight under any circumstances should be punished. I think they all get 10 days out of school in Beaufort County. I think the planning that went into this situation deserves a harsher punishment. Murder 1 and Manslaughter are punished differently, I think this should be handled differently also.
  • by Tammy Location: Washington, NC on Jan 30, 2008 at 05:25 AM
    What I've seen and heard on the news is so typical of our society. NO one wants to take responsibility for their actions we have a society where people constantly break the law or the rules because they know there are not "real" consquences. I hate it that some children will not graduate on time, etc. But those kids who were involved in this incident, need to be made aware that there are serious consequences to serious behaviors. Stop making excuses and start taking responsibility. Admit to yourself that you did this or that and then deal with the fallout. Ask for forgiveness, forgive yourself and go on with your life. Let this incident be a stepping stone to more positive behaviors in the future. Parents "parent" your children, let them know that can't get away with breaking the rules. Class of 2008 or 2009, just as long as they graduate!
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Jan 30, 2008 at 03:21 AM
    As a teacher in a different county I have to say a couple of things. 1) Fighting at school is never accepted- on any level. 2) It has been my experience that the same parents that are fighting for their children and raising a fuss are the same parents that only value their child's education when they are in trouble b/c they have to deal with them 24/7. I want to know, are any of these parents at school for Parent Conference night raising a fuss TO their students because they are not passing? Are any of these parents asking for help to improve their child's education? Most (not all) of the parents need to look at their own home and how they act as parents. What are they teaching their child? I have a real problem with parents that don't care how their child acts at school until they get in trouble, not teaching their child to give respect to the people who pretty much raise their children. Fuss for the right things or you will be fussing @ them through a jail window!
  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Jan 30, 2008 at 02:56 AM
    To STUDENT@Cocowinity...It appears to me the school is trying to enforce rules and regulations that will make you a better citizen. Life is tough! If you don't obey rules, and strive for an education,you will experience roadblocks that will be hard to overcome. A STUDENT is one that studies something. Fighting is performed in a boxing ring, and is unacceptable in a school setting. Show some respect for those students who want an education. It would behoove you to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. The rules now enforced are typical at various area High Schools. Remember, people do 3 things..LEAD, FOLLOW, or GET OUT OF THE WAY. Your goal should be a LEADER.
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