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tx:6th grader suspended 4 months for wall graffiti

Unread post by Qdawg » July 7th, 2007, 12:23 pm

Sixth grader suspended 4 months for gym wall graffiti
Jul 7, 2007

KATY, Texas - Writing "I love Alex" on a gymnasium wall dealt a suburban Houston sixth-grader four months at an alternative campus for an infraction school officials lump in the same severity as making terroristic threats.

Written with a baby blue marker, the graffiti by Shelby Sendelbach, 12, was considered by the Katy Independent School District as a Level 4 infraction - also the same level for drug possession and assault.

Only murder, gun possession, sexual assault and arson are considered more severe by the district.

School district spokesman Steve Stanford said the district followed a state law requiring assignment to an alternative school for graffiti.

Her parents have appealed the decision, and a hearing is set for later this month. Lisa and Stu Sendelbach said they don't condone what Shelby did but think the punishment - assignment to alternative school from Aug. 27 though Dec. 21 - is overly harsh.

"We are shocked that the school district rules as they are written make no distinction between what Shelby is accused of and what a gang member does with a can of black spray paint," Stu Sendelbach said.

Mayde Creek Junior High principal Rick Hull declined to comment.

http://www.examiner.com/a-817518~Sixth_ ... ffiti.html

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Unread post by Anesis » July 7th, 2007, 1:10 pm

Here's another article about it - From the Chronicle

For the record, not my school district.

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Unread post by senseofhumorgirl_ » July 23rd, 2007, 6:01 pm

:roll: That school's on crack not to mention the fact that whomever came up with the consequence for writing on the wall really hit the herbal essence hard, imo. When I was in school, yeah, you got punished for writing on the wall, but you were given internal suspension and a determined amount of detentions after school. Being suspended for doing so was usually optional and was rarely used.

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