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Is Expulsion a Valid Student Punishment?
Written by Erin MacPherson
Created on March 08, 2013 @ 4:23PM

Suspending and expelling students have always been a controversial issue between parents, students, and faculty members. But now doctors are getting involved.

Doctors from the American Academy of Pediatrics said many suspension and expulsion policies are too drastic and taking a student out of a school setting can only make their behavior worse.

The newest statement on the journal Pediatrics says taking students out of school usually leaves them home alone, causing them to spend time with people who are a bad influence or engage in inappropriate behavior. Doctors have also said sometimes students are punished too harshly for doing something wrong and then go down a path that leads to even more problems. So 5 News went to the Board of Education in Marion County Friday to see what they had to say. They follow a strict policy system to make sure the punishment fits the crime. They told 5 News that here in the mountain state they don't just kick students to the curb when they're expelled.

"Our structure allows us to put them in an alternative learning facility. So if a student is expelled for a year of the regular school setting, then in Marion and I'm sure in other counties, they have a chance to go to an alternative setting where there are educators and classes for them to take. It's just outside the norm of the regular day or that specific school setting," said Andy Neptune, Administrative Assistant of Human Resources and Student Series,

Neptune also told 5 News that every parent has a right to a hearing with the Board of Education to make sure the everyone is on the same page. Some people in Marion County said they're not sure what can be done, but students need to be disciplined for their actions.
"For kids it's important to definitely have a sense of disciple and understanding that actions do have consequences and their should be some sort of reprimand for it. But I don't think that it should personally be 'don't come to school' because you don't want them to feel like you're giving up on them. They should just get together and explore all the options they have," said Justin Blalock, Marion County Resident.

Do you think expulsion is still a valid student punishment? Tell us what you think on our Facebook poll.


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