Expulsion of 11 students....

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  1. WCcitizens

    WCcitizens Beach Lover

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    :dunno:Well it's final, I guess? 2 of the 11 students are NOT expelled, just suspended until the end of the year. They will still recieve a WHS diploma plus attend two of the four graduation events. The other 9 will also get a WHS diploma, attend two of the four graduation events plus will NOT be expelled either, just suspended till the end of the year. People these are seniors..they're not coming back!! Why suspend them to the end of the year? The charges will be dropped from a felony to a misdemeaner and they will be issued a "deferred prosecution" status from the state attorney's office. But everyone knows it was already planned before the meeting, they just had to go through the motions of the WCSB hearings. Got to love it huh? We'll I hope if my son or daughter unfortunately ever gets in trouble...it will be during an election year.
     
  2. jodiFL

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    could you possibly link to a story that will let us know WHY these kids are in trouble?
     
  3. NoHall

    NoHall hmmmm......can't remember

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    Without even knowing what the heck you're talking about, I see this sentence and cringe. This is not the case you're citing, but yesterday some of the classes in the school where I teach had to be relocated for a couple of hours because students pulled the fire alarm (a felony) and discharged fire extinguishers all over one floor of a classroom building. I don't know what the consequences for these students are, but I hope it's not a slap on the wrist.

    Why suspend/expel them so close to the end of the school year? Because 1) they broke the rules that govern which students should be allowed to attend school with other students, and 2) their lack of judgment endangers them, their classmates, and their teachers in addition to making the actual process of education more difficult.

    I really don't understand how you justify your righteous indignation based on how many days are left in the school year. It makes as much sense as saying it's okay to take off your seat belt and drive down the center of the road if you're only a couple of miles from home.
     
  4. Matt J

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    I'll betcha all these kids smacked gum in class too.

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    what did these kids do?
     
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    swgb c2f
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  8. SHELLY

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    Eleven Walton High students arrested
    Police say they poured paint in the hallways and clogged up toilets
    Andy Meinen
    Tuesday April 8th, 2008
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    DeFUNIAK SPRIGNS ? Police have charged 11 Walton High School students in connection with a break-in and vandalism at the school.

    The students all bonded out Tuesday and were released to their parents, said DeFuniak Springs City Marshal Mike Adkinson.

    Nine students were charged with burglary and felony criminal mischief for dumping paint in hallways, tearing a security camera out of the wall and throwing it into a pond, and clogging toilets in several bathrooms, lawmen say.

    The nine students, all from DeFuniak Springs, are:

    Michael Todd Campbell Jr., 17; Beau Rushing, 18; Sean D. Carter, 18; Markus Jiggetts, 17; Ashley Campbell, 19; Samantha J. Brown, 19; Tyler Reisner, 18; Bryant Bowen, 18; and Charles K. Caldwell Jr., 17.

    Mathew T. Nall, 17, and Sean Michael Allen, 17, both of DeFuniak Springs, were charged with being a principal to burglary and felony criminal mischief for being lookouts, according to police.

    Adkinson said the students pried open a school door late Friday night and dumped ?gallons? of different colored paint in the carpeted hallways and on the walls. Police said they also clogged up several toilets and tapped the nozzles open to flood the bathrooms. The students broke into a shed on campus to get more paint and fertilizer, which they spread throughout the halls, Adkinson said.

    School officials said the carpeting in one hallway had to be removed.

    The incident was caught on the school?s security camera system, which the students tried to disable by spraying Silly String on the lenses. Investigators worked with school administrators and the school?s resource sheriff?s deputy to identify the students, even though they wore masks.

    Adkinson said that some of the students had ?distinctive hairstyles.?

    He said he regretted that he and his officers had to arrest high school students, but added that they worked hard to close the case.

    ?This is unfortunate and we?re not happy about it,? he said. ?It?s just poor judgment on their part.?

    Daily News Staff Writer Andy Meinen can be reached at 654-6905.
     
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    I would certainly hope that these kids are facing other punishments besides just being suspended and not allowed to attend 2/4 graduation events. Those are just school punishments, so I would hope there are still legal ramifications, but the deferred prosecution status makes me doubt it.

    They should be paying for the damage & cleanup and spending their summer on a whole lotta community service at a bare minimum IMO. They didn't do a funny prank or something that spiraled into something else, they set out to vandalize the school.

    Why is the officer apologizing for arresting high school students? The little criminals certainly deserved it.
     
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  10. WileCoyote

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    I was told was that they have to do 200 hours community service plus make $1400 in restitution each. All of them already had their graduation credits but one. They are to stay off campus and can not walk in graduation. When they do the service and pay the monies they will get a WHS diploma. One student did not have his credits so his parents withdrew him and he is going to the vo tech to complete his GED.
     
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    Real geniuses too thinking that taking the removal of the camera would destroy the recording. :roll: They should be suspended and denied graduation at all. Let them go get a GED. I understand senior pranks, but once they start destroying school property then it's going beyond a prank. I'm sure no one would dare think to do anything next year after the strong reaction of the administration on this.
     
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    NoHall hmmmm......can't remember

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    Sooo, Life's a Beach...if they were not students who were weeks away from graduation, would you suggest that there was no point in prosecuting them?

    I still don't understand the whole mindset of "kids will be kids" when it comes to criminal behavior.
     
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    :dunno: I am not getting that vibe from Life's a Beach post. I think he/she isn't aware of the full charges and restitutions and is angry the students were just suspended. Maybe I am wrong.
     
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    :scratch: Maybe I read my own frustration into it. If so, I apologize. (I'm a little frustrated with the end-of-the-year slaps on the wrist of felonious behavior!) :wave:
     
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    I hear ya. :wave:
    They should have just TP'd the Principals office like kids did in my day. :blush:
     
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    That seems fair - they only get to graduate because they met the requirements prior to their criminal career, they don't get to participate in graduation, and they don't get their diploma until they pay $ and complete their community service.
     
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    from WZEP radio

    Vandals Release Air From Walton Bus Tires

    Big yellow does not roll without air in the tires. Sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning, someone entered the secured Walton School District bus barn and removed the valve stems from a number of bus tires. Drivers came to work and found their busses were not usable and the call went out that all routs in the central Walton area around DeFuniak Springs would be several hours late.

    Walton Transportation Coordinator Mack Work says the tires were not cut, the vandal or vandals simply removed the valve stems. Transportation crews went to work getting air back in the tires. National Tire Brokers and CHECLO both sent trucks with air compressors. The work was not as simple as putting a stem in and connecting an air hose. Many of the tires are tubeless and this means having to jack or lift the bus and forcing a large blast of air into the tire to seat it on the rim.

    As the busses started rolling again, the elementary students were picked up first. When a rout was completed, the bus was brought back to the barn and another driver would take it over and run the middle school or high school rout.

    The bus barn is located on Walton Road near Walton High School and has security fencing. DeFuniak Springs Police Chief Mike Adkinson says they are investigating the incident.

    Recently a number of Walton High seniors broke into the school and caused about $10,000 worth of damage. These 11 students were arrested booked into the Walton County Jail and the criminal case is ongoing. Late last week the Walton School Board held a number of expulsion hearings, but the names and outcome can not be released due to the privacy rules. One unofficial report said the students were only suspended, not expelled and will be allowed to graduate. Again, this is not confirmed by official means.

    If the students were expelled, they would not be in school and would not be allowed to graduate. A suspension keeps the students in the school system. An expulsion hearing is conducted in closed session by the school board and the board makes the final decision.
     
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    Is there a reason the SWHS students are suddenly turning into destructive hoodlums? :dunno:

    Between the Seagrove thefts and multiple instances of school vandalism it would seem that there are a lot of bored (and severely unsupervised and immoral) kids out there.
     
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    While there are a number of hoodlums at SWHS, the students and the situation(s) mentioned in this thread are at Walton High (DeFuniak Springs). SWHS is not *yet* involved.
     
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    Ah - I didn't catch that part. :blush: Forget there's more than one - just assumed it was the one I see all the time in Sowal!
     

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