Parent Makes Final Plea to Shallowater School Board - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/16/06

Parent Makes Final Plea to Shallowater School Board

With the prom just five days away, a Shallowater High School parent is making a last minute plea to Shallowater school officials. She's trying to get them to change their minds about banning some students from the prom. NewsChannel 11's Cecelia Coy talked to administrators who had to deal with underage drinking.

Nine Shallowater students, seven of which are seniors, have spent the last 16 days at an alternative school. They have been banned from all school functions and can't step foot on campus. It also means they can not go to prom this weekend.

The high school principal handed down that punishment to these nine students because they were caught drinking at a school sponsored AG trip.

She was the only parent left challenging a Shallowater school administrator's decision to send nine students to an alternative school for 22 days. She asked the board to reduce the punishment.

"Their punishment lessened to 19 days as of this Friday, so they can come back to school to finish the last week and take their finals or at least be able to attend the prom," said the parent who asked us to withhold her name.

She says the board should consider her proposal. She claims the April trip to De Leon, southwest of Stephenville, was poorly supervised.

But the board voted to deny the parent's plea. Her daughter, and eight others, will have to remain in alternative school and still can't go to their prom this weekend.

"It wasn't hard upholding our administrators' decision because policy and state laws provided that decision for us. It was hard because of the emotion. Those are good friends of ours. We love those kids. But they did make a choice. And we want to be consistent," said Brady Goen, Shallowater School Board President.

Goen says any problems that happened on the field trip have been addressed with teachers.

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