Speak Out!

April 20, 2005

THE ISSUE: Ten Mount Hebron High School students were punished for drinking during a school-sponsored trip to Portugaland Spain. The students and their parents contend that their teacher, who was the trip's chaperone, gave them permission to have one drink. That allegation is under investigation by school officials. Each student was suspended for three days and banned from extracurricular and other school-related activities for 30 days, as called for in the school system's drug and alcohol policy. The students and their parents call the punishment harsh. But school officials say the students and their parents signed an agreement indicating that all school policies, including regulations against drugs and alcohol, apply to them on school-sponsored field trips. Parents are appealing the suspension to the Board of Education.

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