11yr Old Boy Gets Suspended for 1 year!
And wait ’til you find out why! Read on…
An 11yr old sixth grader student was suspended from his school for A YEAR after school officials found what looked like a marijuana leaf in his backpack.
According to other students, the boy found the leaf in his backpack and started joking that it was marijuana because of its resemblance to the weed.
But three tests of the leaf showed no traces of marijuana or any other drug. It was just a leaf, likely a Japanese Maple Leaf like the one pictured above.
Regardless, the student, the son of two school teachers who himself was in the gifted-and-talented program, was suspended from school for “possession of marijuana” for 365 days, and also had to go to juvenile court to face charges. The charges were dropped based on the obvious lack of evidence but not the boy’s suspension. Why? Because under the school guidelines at Bedford Middle School, a student who possesses “lookalike” drugs can be punished as if he possessed the real thing. So the lessen here is, do not walk under a Japanese Maple Tree with your backpack open during Fall, or you could find yourself a year behind all your peers.
The boy’s parents have filed a federal lawsuit for malicious prosecution and violation of due process, seeking unspecified damages.
What do you think? Is the school is in the right here?