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Student Suspended After Dad Calls Him From Iraq.

Posted by Casey on April 15, 2008

Just another example of the complete uselessness of zero tolerance policies at our schools.


A call from a parent stationed in a war zone has landed a Texas high school student in hot water, and his mother is asking the school to ease up on the punishment.

The Copperas Cove High School sophomore received an urgent call from his father and was suspended after taking the call during class.

Master Sgt. Morris Hill is a world away in Iraq, so he had no idea that a simple call from the battlefield to his son, Brandon, would land the 16-year-old in a heap of trouble.

“He called me during class, because that’s the only time that he could,” said Brandon Hill, suspended for using a cell phone. “I answered the call as I was walking out of class. The teacher followed me out and said, ‘Oh what are you doing?’ I said my dad was calling from Iraq, and I know he needs to talk to me.”

First of all … only an asshat of epic proportions would suspend a student in this situation.

On another note … the students aren’t allowed to have cell phones, but the family is saying that a special arrangement was made with the school’s assistant principal for just this sort of thing. That would make the school officials double asshats of epic proportions.

So how has the school responded now that this has become public knowledge? In a very “we’re a school, leave us alone” attitude that has become commonplace when schools mess up … which is an awful lot.

In a written statement to KXAN Austin News, Kathy Blake, the secretary to the Copperas Cove district superintendent, said: “In an emergency situation there are procedures in place to address those individual situations. This is true for all of the students in our district. The incident in question occurred almost two weeks ago and has been resolved.”

Well, apparently the assistant principal felt the district’s policies sucked ass. The situation is far from resolved as proclaimed by the secretary to the superintendent.

Yet Pat Hill said the school will not address her request to have the suspension removed from her son’s record, a battle she is fighting here while her husband is away.

Again … asshats of epic proportions.


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