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Arkansas school district told to allow return of boy suspended after social media remarks, photo with gun

Judge raps Vilonia for defying order

By Linda Satter

This article was published May 16, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

With only a week of classes remaining before summer break, a federal judge has ordered the Vilonia School District to follow a state hearing officer's directive and return a suspended ninth-grade special-education student to classes.

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TimberTopper says... May 16, 2018 at 8:24 a.m.

This kid does not belong in a public school! Should he harm anyone the boy's parents, the hearing officer, and the judge should be held responsible.

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Whippersnapper says... May 16, 2018 at 8:52 a.m.

So, TT, the law requires this decision, and you want to blame the courts for following the law? We are a nation of laws. If the laws are broken, we must fix them instead of ignoring them to suit our needs.

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eaglescout says... May 16, 2018 at 10:06 a.m.

Here is the next "buzz phrase " for those who want to act like they are concerned. "See something, say something, do nothing".

Be forewarned, all the signs are there. Lessons in life best learned early so let this kid and all others with this mindset learn the consequences and associated pain before it becomes reality.

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TravisBickle says... May 16, 2018 at 10:33 a.m.

I still don't understand why they don't just designate him as home bound, and send him his school work.

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Whippersnapper says... May 16, 2018 at 10:41 a.m.

Travis, the law requires the school, parents, and various professional consultants to create a plan and follow that plan. The plan they created was for the id to be in school. There is a process to amend the plan, but it takes time and money and can be objected to by the parents or the educational experts, and the school didn't want to devote resources to that process and chose to make a unilateral revision to the federally required plan.
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Now, you can bet that the district will push for a different plan next year, but the burden of proof will be on them as federal education law requires that students be educated in the "Least Restrictive Environment." If they send the kid home, at the very least they will have to provide him his own teacher/tutor, which again will cost the district tens of thousands of dollars that they don't want to spend.
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Ultimately, special ed law needs to be updated to account for circumstances like this, but the law (as it currently stands) says the district has to allow the student back in school, period. As I said above - fix the law, don't ignore it.

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TimberTopper says... May 16, 2018 at 11:12 a.m.

Whipper, I'd go for the fix!

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Packman says... May 16, 2018 at 3:32 p.m.

Hopefully, Vilonia has a school resource officer like the one at Dixon High in Illinois today who heroically stopped an armed teenager, most certainly saving countless lives. Thankful for good guys with guns in schools.

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