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Joy's response on concerned student - long post

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McGugan (McGugan)
Mon, 17 May 1999 21:48:13 -0400


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Hi all, and thanks for all your input. I did not include all details =
when I first posted so I'll fill you in now. It's a little complicated =
because of personal connections and legalities. Also, keep in mind that =
this is my first year in high school (gee, we didn't have all these =
problems in the middle school!). The book was found in my room, while =
the student was in the library. Another student (one I am REALLY wary =
of, but that's another story) supposedly saw it in her un-zipped bag. I =
pulled it partly out when he was making such a big scene. I know I made =
a big mistake then, but considering the contents...

Anyway, I confronted the student, she said she was just curious and it =
was not hers. I talked to guidance, was advised to talk to the =
principal. Another guidance counselor was not that concerned because he =
said the book surfaces every so often, but the timing was rather =
inappropriate. The student is not a bad girl, she is a little aloof, =
some teachers think she is downright weird (must be the occasional =
multiple braids and colored shades, we are a rural/small-town school - =
don't some people loathe those who are different and/or independent?). =
She did have a little incident during Black History Month and we had =
several conversations concerning that. Her artwork is not all dark and =
mysterious, some of it has that kind of "sixties" ring to it, I think =
she has more personal style than most students. It was when the drama =
teacher brought a poster by that she had done that I was concerned about =
the dark subject matter.

OK, here's the personal part: she just happens to be one of my =
daughter's best friends. My daughter just came to this school in Jan. =
to get away from a friend-less and unhappy situation (she's kind of =
different and independent, too). This girl has been GREAT for her. =
But, this mess has put me in a VERY uncomfortable situation.

Today I did get in to see the principal and he was to talk to her but =
not suspend her because of the legalities of the situation. He was also =
supposed to talk to the boy who saw the book first. My daughter tells =
me that her friend's parents have to come in with her tomorrow. =20

Anyway, thanks for all your suggestions and thoughts on all of this. =
Hey, if it's true that we learn from our mistakes, I should have a great =
year next year. Sigh.

Joy

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Hi all, and thanks for all your = input.  I=20 did not include all details when I first posted so I'll fill you in = now. =20 It's a little complicated because of personal connections and = legalities. =20 Also, keep in mind that this is my first year in high school (gee, we = didn't=20 have all these problems in the middle school!).  The book was found = in my=20 room, while the student was in the library.  Another student (one I = am=20 REALLY wary of, but that's another story) supposedly saw it in her = un-zipped=20 bag.  I pulled it partly out when he was making such a big = scene.  I=20 know I made a big mistake then, but considering the = contents...
 
Anyway, I confronted the student, = she said she=20 was just curious and it was not hers.  I talked to guidance, was = advised to=20 talk to the principal.  Another guidance counselor was not that = concerned=20 because he said the book surfaces every so often, but the timing was = rather=20 inappropriate.  The student is not a bad girl, she is a little = aloof, some=20 teachers think she is downright weird (must be the occasional multiple = braids=20 and colored shades, we are a rural/small-town school - don't some people = loathe=20 those who are different and/or independent?).  She did have a = little=20 incident during Black History Month and we had several conversations = concerning=20 that.  Her artwork is not all dark and mysterious, some of it has = that kind=20 of "sixties" ring to it, I think she has more personal style = than most=20 students.  It was when the drama teacher brought a poster by that = she had=20 done that I was concerned about the dark subject matter.
 
OK, here's the personal part: she = just happens=20 to be one of my daughter's best friends.  My daughter just came to = this=20 school in Jan. to get away from a friend-less and unhappy situation = (she's kind=20 of different and independent, too).  This girl has been GREAT for=20 her.  But, this mess  has put me in a VERY uncomfortable=20 situation.
 
Today I did get in to see the = principal and he=20 was to talk to her but not suspend her because of the legalities of the=20 situation.  He was also supposed to talk to the boy who saw the = book=20 first.  My daughter tells me that her friend's parents have to come = in with=20 her tomorrow. 
 
Anyway, thanks for all your = suggestions and=20 thoughts on all of this.  Hey, if it's true that we learn from our=20 mistakes, I should have a great year next year.  Sigh.
 
Joy
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