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A sad farewell to Pasco's school expulsion reports



S_milk-carton With today's Pasco County School Board meeting we mourn the loss of the best part of each agenda, the expulsion recommendation reports.

Written in spartan but detailed short form, the documents offered an almost poetic version of the events that brought some of the county's most problematic teens to the brink of being kicked out of school. Some favorites include:

"This [Mitchell High] student brought a lizard to school, took it out of his pocket, bit the head off and spat it out at a student. He then crushed the lizard's body under his foot." [2008]

"This [Land O'Lakes High] student urinated into a milk carton and then gave the carton to another student. The other student, believing the milk carton contained only milk, drank the liquid." [2007]

Student services director Lizette Alexander tells the Gradebook that the district's new reporting system will list the specific rule that a student has violated to have a recommendation for a new assignment or expulsion, but that many of the details will be gone.

That will make the documents easier to prepare, but not nearly as interesting to read. We hope this is a short-lived change.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:50am]


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