Could you briefly share the nature of the infraction and the punishment? Also, when the details were shared, who (in general) learned of them, please?
My son was one of a group of seven boys who jumped a fence and were on campus after school hours. Four of the boys entered the gymnasium, and vandalized (fireworks in a urinal, urination and defecation on floors and walls) it. My son did not enter, nor did he participate in any vandalism. All seven boys fled the school after the fireworks were set off.
The school has a student/faculty disciplinary committee, and after the evidence was gathered and all punishment rendered, several of the students and faculty not associated with the committee have commented and gossiped about the issue. In fact, one of the teachers not associated with the disciplinary committee asked his class to write an essay about the issue.
Details of the letter received regarding the incident.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hood,
This letter simply confirms in writing the results of the Discipline Committee (DC)meeting held Thursday, February 28, 2013.
On Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 a group of seven seniors, including John, parked cars offcampus and snuck on campus through the KB Homes and jumping a fence north of the athleticfields. Four of the boys entered a bathroom and vandalized it. This included defecating on thefloor and in two sinks, urinating on the walls and floor, as well as igniting a motor style firework.When the firework went off the boys fled. As a result of this incident, John was referred to theDC.
After reviewing the recommendation of the DC, Mr. Gilbert has decided on thefollowing consequences:
Five (5) days suspension beginning Feb27.
Letter of apology typed, signed and complete to Mr. Gilbert’s office Wednesday,March 6.Be stripped of elected school office (Student Council Vice President).Loss of Senior Privileges: may not go off campus for lunch or attend the Senior Trip.Will not attend Mission Week with the class. Will work on campus and in town withadult supervision.May not participate in any extra-curricular activities. This includes but is not limitedto: XXXXX XXXXX sports until after spring break, attending Prom, Baccalaureate andGraduation.The right to participate in the end of the year commencement activities may beearned back with good behavior.
If there are infractions of Menaul School’s behavior expectations and policies, John willappear before the discipline committee again. This is likely to lead to dismissal from MenaulSchool and the opportunity to participate in the end of the year commencement activities will be
Menaul School reserves the right to contact the Albuquerque Police Department if thestudent disrupts any school activity on campus or off; harasses, bullies, intimidates, threatens,or personally abuses another student or Menaul staff member in speech or on social media; orretaliates in any way against another student, staff member, or any of their family members.
We believe John's privacy was violated, and that he was unfairly judged based on what "the group" did, versus his direct actions.
I misunderstood...thought I lost you when you dropped offline. Can I re-rate when I get your answer?
We meet with the school tomorrow. Depending on the outcome, I may follow up with local support as you suggested above. Thanks again for your help.
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