Thursday, April 06, 2006

Student re-instated, dimwitted principal goes into hiding

As per a reader’s suggestion in a comment to previous post, this a follow up.
Warren won't expel teen who ceded knife
Eighth-grader's case drew national notice, cost his family about $2,500 in legal fees

In the face of nationwide outrage, Warren Township school officials on Tuesday canceled disciplinary action against an eighth-grade student who had promptly turned in a pocketknife he found in his coat.

The story of Elliot Voge, who was suspended after turning the knife over to school officials, spread quickly this week in print, online and on TV. The 14-year-old was interviewed Monday on the Fox Television news show "Hannity and Colmes."

E-mails and other messages streamed into School Board members and Warren Township administrators.

"There's no support, I'll tell you that," said Warren Township School Board Vice President Frank Hancock. "You can't justify anything about this. It's just common sense. The kid did what I hope my children will do."…

The district does not have a zero-tolerance policy regarding knives, but Principal Jimmy Meadows saw the situation as serious enough to warrant punishment. Meadows, who could not be reached for comment [Ed. – Apparently Meadow didn’t take his cell phone with him when he crawled under his desk], suspended Elliot and recommended the district begin proceedings to expel him.

Warren Township Schools Superintendent Peggy Hinckley acted on the recommendation by appointing an examiner to review the case and schedule a hearing.

In a press release issued Tuesday, Hinckley said that when the facts became clear at next week's hearing, the expulsion recommendation would have been rejected. Given that, she canceled the hearing...

And the fate of Jimmy Meadows? As the Warren Township School Board Vice President said, "You can't justify anything about this. It's just common sense.”

"Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed."
Don Wood

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