Unfair Punishment?

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

November 2, 2005
A confrontation after a high school football game leaves parents wondering if the punishment was just for all students. And as News 12 reports, some parents say the code of conduct is not being applied fairly to all students.

It was after this football game three weeks ago when Glynis Key says a situation involving several black and white students escalated.

An incident report indicates a Columbia County officer responded to a large fight, but officers say some students refused to leave.

“There were five individuals. Charged as a result were three black males and two white males,” Capt. Steve Morris said.

“In my mind I think how our boys wind up in handcuffs and basically those boys didn’t wind up in handcuffs,” said Glynis Key, Lakeside High parent.

All charged with disorderly conduct…

“Of the five there was only one transported to jail and that was only because he caused a real ruckus,” Morris said.

But Glynis says it was the Columbia County school system playing favorites.

“I think Columbia County school system is unfair to a lot of minorities,” Key said.

This comes after the three black students at Lakeside were suspended. The two Evans students, both white, one was given school suspension and punishment for the other is pending the investigation.

“The white kid that did land the punch, he was given four days ISS, and he was not suspended from school at least ISS you get to keep your grades up,” Key said.

Associate Superintendent Charles Nagle says there were no disciplinary records for the Evans students, but all three students from Lakeside had disciplinary records and that’s why the school board is recommending expulsion at a tribunal hearing. But Glynis says the copies of the disciplinary reports leading up to the accumulation, she never saw or signed.

“So parents go in there not even knowing what they are going in there for, just accumulation of offenses,” Key said.

But Glynis says the offense after this game as not handled fairly.

A tribunal is set for Thursday for the Lakeside students. The parents of these students have set up a lined for concerned parents that may be going through similar situations.


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