Thursday, September 9, 2010

What were they smoking?

And on the subject of schools, can you even believe this story? Outrageous:

Northwest schools officials agreed to allow Byron Nelson High School junior Kyler Robertson to return to classes on Thursday. That effectively ends his three-day suspension after being accused on Tuesday of being under the influence of marijuana.

Kyler, 16, attended classes Tuesday -- two days after his father was stabbed to death during an argument in northwest Tarrant County. His eyes were bloodshot and teary and school officials believed he was under the influence of marijuana.

A drug test performed later that day showed no evidence of marijuana.

Kyler’s mother, Cristy Fritz, said she wants the Northwest school district to remove the suspension from his records and apologize for how they handled the situation, which she said showed a “lack of compassion.”

She was told she must file a complaint to get the records changed and is unhappy that the dispute is continuing. [Emphasis added--E.M.]

The young man's father died tragically two days earlier, and teachers thought he came to class with red, bloodshot eyes because of marijuana? Excuse me, but what exactly were they smoking?

I don't even know what to say about stories like these, anymore. That a son grieving his father's death would be accused of displaying marijuana use instead of, you know, grief in his classroom two days later just boggles the mind. And this public school is in my part of the world--just so you know what the public schools around here are like.


KC said...

That's seriously outrageous. Wow. I don't even have the words.

Michael said...

Bloodshot and teary-eyed means someone is doped out? Call the cops; the funeral home must be offering everyone some special plants as part of the floral arrangements. I guess a memorial service film would be named "Grief-er Madness?"

The only thing I could think is that the school administrators suspended him because they thought he was holding out and wouldn't share his stash. Idiots.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

A friend of mine was told that his son reading three years ahead of average for his age and grade level was a sign of autism. Dad broke out laughing. The nannies asked "Are you all right, Mr.___?" The obvious question, as you already said, is "Are YOU people all right?"

But its more cruel and gratuitous when they jump to conclusions because someone who just lost their father is crying.