A family in Ohio is furious after a request to have their 12 year old son’s suspension erased from his record was denied.
FOX 19 reports- A 12-year-old boy is suspended from school for ‘staring’ at another student. It happened in September of 2014 at St. Gabriel Consolidated School in Glendale. The parents filed suit in Hamilton County Common Pleas court to try and get the suspension erased claiming the school didn’t give their son due process.
A Judge denied the claim, which means as of now the suspension of the 12-year-old stands. “The perception is he intimidated her,” said Candice Tolbert, his mother.
“My son stared at a girl who was engaged in a staring game,” she said. “She giggled the entire time,” she said from her Liberty Township home.
Court paper shows the female student “felt fearful.”
The young man even wrote an apology saying, “I never knew she was scared because she was laughing.” It also read, “I understand I done the wrong thing that will never happen again. I will start to think before I do so I am not in this situation.”
Since the girl is white, the Tolberts were asked if they thought the child’s race was behind this. They said they are not ready to pull out the race card yet, but they are concerned.
The fact that this school doesn’t seem to see the craziness in all of this is astounding. Everyone played the staring game when they were kids! We need to be encouraging children to participate in healthy interaction, not punishing them for it. What do you think?