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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.
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