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Zero Tolerance, Zero Heart

Kyler Robertson, 16, arrived late at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas, so he was sent to the office. There, school officials noticed he had bloodshot, watery eyes, and appeared “jittery.” The junior was declared high on marijuana and suspended for three days. After his suspension was over, they decreed, Robertson would have to go to an alternative school for five months. The teen’s protests that he had not used drugs fell on deaf ears. Robertson’s family doctor immediately screened him for drugs and alcohol: the tests came back negative. The boy had reason for his bloodshot eyes and jitters: his father had been stabbed to death two days before — and his mother had e-mailed the boy’s teachers to tell them about it. When presented with the doctor’s certificate the principal apologized and lifted the suspension, but Kyler must formally appeal before he will be allowed back on the school’s JV golf team. (RC/Ft. Worth Star-Telegram) ...Why don’t school officials have to go through an appeals process to keep their jobs?
Original Publication Date: 12 September 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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