Legal Fight Over Long Term Suspension May Go To State Supreme Court

The legal fight stemming from a fight at a local high school could go all the way to the State Supreme Court.

A fight at Southside High School in Chocowinity in Beaufort County in January 2008, led to the suspension of two girls for the rest of the semester. They filed a lawsuit that argued students on long term suspension have a right to an education. The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled for the school system last week, however, one of the three judges dissented. That means the case could be appealed to the North Carolina Supreme Court. The Washington Daily News reports the lawyer for the students plans to appeal.


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  • by FYI on Oct 30, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    These two girls have been and are back at southside receiving their education at the same school they disruppted, with the same kids they caused to loose privlages that still have not been returned to the innocent kids. maybe I should sue because they are a danger to the rest of the school and my children. since apparently parents can sue for no good reason.
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Oct 29, 2009 at 09:51 PM
    To: nope, it's a right. Students indeed have a right to a education but they forfeit that right when they act like animals and place other students in danger just like someone taking a gun to school or calling in a bomb threat to school. It's just a another case of someone wanting something for nothing, they had their chance of a free education and lost it. Curious about the social & financial dynamics at home.
  • by nope, it's a right on Oct 29, 2009 at 06:10 PM
    There is a NC constitutional right to "a sound basic education. See the Leandro case. Not a privilege. Not just a random opinion. It's NC law. And, the state is obligated to provide alternative education, which the state failed to do in this case.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Oct 29, 2009 at 02:34 PM
    You have a right to vote, a right to a trial by jury, a right to keep and bare arms, you do no have a right to an education, ITS PRIVILEGE. You earn privilege, you are not given privilege.
  • by concerned on Oct 29, 2009 at 11:16 AM
    These two girls fought last year. Get over it. They were suspended for the rest of the semester in 2009. This is 2009. Why is the state wasting tax payers' money to sent this case to the Supreme Court? They are probably friends now (maybe even friends then). They should have followed the rules. What they(and the parents) need is a good whopping for allowing this nonsense to continue. Are they suing for all the time they are missing from class now for attending court?
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Oct 29, 2009 at 10:59 AM
    They have a right to education: let it be home school They could start a school at prison and let them go there.
  • by Lee Location: Washington on Oct 29, 2009 at 10:32 AM
    If the students can not follow school rules, then suspend them. What makes the parents of these girls believe they deserve an education? They were giving a chance to receive a free one. They chose to act like street thugs. So parents "pay for the education".and...no just because you pay taxes does not give the right to education. "If you can not go to school to learn, then stay home, so the ones that are there to learn can get their education. That's right parents you might have to actually raise your children for a change. That is not the school's job. It should be done at home. Maybe while you have them at home teach these girls how to act like a lady, If you know yourself.
  • by k Location: choco on Oct 29, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    are we seriously still talking about this, they caused the fight they fought they were suspended and this was LAST YEAR, as a result the whole school had privlages taken away. The parents are wasting our taxpayers dollars because they see and opportunity to full their pockets. My child follows the rules and does not fight, why should the other 95% of the school population pay because these girls and parent see a way to up their social standing. STUPIDITY is hereditary.
  • by Jane Location: Washington on Oct 29, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    Annette and GS, you've hit the nail on the head. And the behaviors don't stop in school - from personal observation, I'd estimate approximately 70% of high school aged children are behaviorally challenged in public as well!
  • by Your're Right on Oct 29, 2009 at 07:30 AM
    You do have a right to an education, but it doesn not say a free education. So let the parents foot the bill for tutors, since they can afford an lawyer to waste tax payers dollars for their childrens' stupidity. While they're at it, get some tutors for themselves too.
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