November 23, 2009
Discussion Topic: No-Tolerance Policy Extends Off Campus
By Dave Hurteau
You read that right, off campus. In the latest no-tolerance outrage, a California school has expelled a 16-year-old hunter for having two unloaded shotguns in his vehicle parked off campus. If this keeps up, school administrators are just going to take to the field en mass, confiscate guns from any and all student hunters, and promptly kick them out of school.
From the Chico Enterprise Record:
The Willows Unified School District board of trustees has expelled a 16-year-old for having unloaded shotguns in his pickup parked just off the Willows High School campus.
The board voted 4-0 Thursday to expel junior Gary Tudesko after the weapons were discovered via scent-sniffing dogs on Oct. 26. . . .
Susan Parisio defended her son during the 105-minute public hearing at Willows Civic Center . . . question[ing] the district's ability to enforce its policies off Willows High School property.
"My son was not even parked on school property," Parisio said. . . .
Willows High Principal Mort Geivett and other district officials did not appear to dispute that the parking space was off school property, but they cited several justifications. One of them was the legal doctrine of in loco parentis — where school officials may act in place of a parent for school functions. . . .
Geivett said he believed off-campus parking around the school was under the school's jurisdiction, in part because it is primarily used by students.
"I'm erring on the safe side of protecting staff and kids," he said.
Geivett is right about one thing: He is erring.
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