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Father sues IMSA after son, 17, expelled for repeatedly cheating
February 22, 2008
BY MATT HANLEY Beacon News
The father of a 17-year-old expelled Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy student has filed suit against the Aurora school, claiming that the boy was unfairly kicked out for cheating.
According to the suit filed in Kane County Court, the student copied conclusions on a chemistry lab project, his third alleged incident of academic dishonesty.
A teacher noticed that on Dec. 7, the expelled boy and another student turned in assignments with the same language for large parts of the report.
The student admitted he took a "stress day" on the due date for the lab report and had another student dictate the report over the phone. But the suit claims the student misunderstood the instructions.
Since it was his third violation, the board expelled him as of Dec. 18, according to a letter in the court file.
The boy appealed the expulsion, but that was also denied.
The student's father filed suit this month. He says the maximum penalty should have been a five-day suspension, according to the suit.
The lawsuit asks that the student be readmitted and that the school pay $50,000 to the boy's family.
IMSA spokeswoman Brenda Buschbacher said the school stands by its discipline policy.
This is just an example of what's happening in our society today...kids are being coddled by their parents, being shown that there are no consequences for their actions as long as they can bring litigation against someone else, and that breaking the rules is okay as long as you can "justify" it.
What really pissed me off about this particular situation is that the student was cited not once, but THREE times for "academic dishonesty", yet his father has the gall to sue the school for treating him unfairly. If it were a first offense I might be able to see it from the father's point of view--it could have been an honest mistake, and first time offenses don't generally get very harsh punishments. But after the third time of the student being cited for the same offense, I really can't believe that his father is blaming the school for being too harsh. Not to mention that the student took a "stress day"...WHAT? I don't get to take days of of work when I have things due (and believe me, I am highly stressed at work), but this kid sees nothing wrong with not coming into school when he's got a deadline to meet, presumably one he knew about well in advance? And for what amounts to him not feeling like going to school that day? Is this something schools accept or is it just a terminology used for taking a day off when you don't really have to (i.e. you just call in sick or something like that).
So in addition to discussing this specific instance, my questions to you are these:
- What will kids learn about the consequences of their actions if Mommy and Daddy are always swooping in to fix everything?
- What will kids learn about rules, law, and order if anything can be counteracted by a lawsuit?
- What incentive do kids today have to do the right thing if they know they won't really be punished for not doing so?