I Got Expelled From California High School -- Need Answers ASAP
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|Jan 23rd, 2011, 02:59 PM||#1|
I Got Expelled From California High School -- Need Answers ASAP
I hope this is the right section. If not, I apologize.
I'd like to apologize ahead of time for the lot of grammatical errors and confusion in this message. I did this in a hurry, but wanted to get my point across. I decided to put this here because I'm extremely desperate and some people here who can give me good advice.
I'm going to try and make this as short as I can. I have a huge issue with school right now. Basically, I got expelled. For something very stupid, and my future is at stake.
To try to keep this as short as possible, it all started out like this. After school, a few of my friends and I were bored, so we decided to screw around with people (mind you - especially when I get more into this - these were all kids that at least one of us knew, and knew that they were either okay with this; would go with it; or just shrug it off like it was nothing, laugh, and move on with life.), specifically by "dancing" with them. Our dancing consisted of, well, getting in people's personal space and dancing on them (without making contact). In a way, kind of like the ******* Partyboy stunt, except we weren't stripping down to our underwear, pinning people to walls, and making physical contact. (If you don't know what party boy is, it's basically a stunt that this one person from ******* pulls where he strips (don't worry, we didn't strip, we were fully clothed and dressed classy) and gets in peoples space by dancing very close to them. It's not grinding, but more of a way to make people feel uncomfortable.) It was lame, but we're kids.. Seniors in High School to be specific, but I digress .Anyways, as we started to record, we were fooling around with kids we knew, yadda yadda yadda. After we were done with the main portion, I was pulled into the office (because I bursted into a classroom dancing), and got into a bigger issue with the Dean. I was suspended. And the worst part is? I don't even know why I was suspended; the dean never went into it. He mentioned a girl I was apparently harassing (which I really wasn't - will go more into this later, another issue related to this dilemma), and the issue with me bursting into a classroom dancing (7th period class, most kids get out at 6th). A meeting was planned for Monday.
A day later, Friday specifically, the Dean apparently found out about the video, saw it, and pulled the person who recorded the video into the office, and the other actor in the video. What the other actor did was much worse, he pinned someone against a car, leaving them unable to move, and actually made physical contact with another kid. The actor got suspended for a week (he, too, was expelled), and the recorder of the video was let off with a 4 day suspension. The Dean said that he would've gotten a five day suspension, with a recommendation for expulsion, but since his grades for the year so far were apparently perfect, he let him off with a 4 day suspension. The Dean (who lies and makes things up), claimed that the kids in the video felt harassed, and he pulled each kid from the video in and asked if they were harassed. They all apparently felt harassed.
Monday happens, and I have the meeting.. unknowingly aware that the Dean knows about the video. When the meeting starts, he talks about the girl, and how I apparently harassed her, "sexually". Now, I'll admit, she's a very socially awkward person, and apparently something is going on with her upstairs (I had no idea about this until tonight), and I did say some things to her, but I wouldn't necessarily say it'd warrant an expulsion. There was a joke going on with my friends about her being a vampire, and I went on with that for a while before she got seriously angry about that. I stopped when that happened. My friend said a few things to her, which she thought I told him to say, which most likely explains why she said I was harassing her. Most likely something along the lines of "myname wants to have sex with you". She was also picking her nose and eating her snot, which I was snickering about with my friends. And that's exactly what I told the Dean, and he still thought it was an issue and most likely did not believe me. At all.
Later in the meeting, the Dean brought up the video, and was very serious about it, and claimed that all the kids who were in the video were harassed (again, these are stunts that paid professionals pull off without having any legal issues). I told him that if they felt harassed, they could've told us to stop, and we would've. At least I would've. The Dean quickly responded saying that they did feel harassed, but couldn't say that they were. It was a "heat of the moment" kind of thing, and they didn't know how to react, so they responded with the way they responded. Apparently laughing, going with what we're doing, or just standing there means that was their natural reaction to what we did, and they felt harassed and they know how to say stop. I was tempted to deny it, but what could I of done? It was clear that he wouldn't believe me. I went with what he said... I would be suspended once again, this time for five days, be recommended for expulsion, and have yet another meeting. This time with a person from the school board and the schools administration staff.
It's Monday again, the day of the next meeting. I was not prepared for what was going to happen that day. I go into the room where the administration staff is, alongside my counselor and a woman from the school board (I have no idea what position she was in). The moment I sit down and greet everyone, the woman immediately harps on me about the issues that have happened, mainly the issue about the girl. She took it VERY seriously, and made me out to be the worst person on Earth. I'm not, I'm really a nice guy. I'm immature. I started to grow late and was a pretty big loser during my childhood. I told her what I told the dean, I snickered about her eating her boogers, and then said I may have said a few bad things. Asked her about her online boyfriend, asked her if she wanted to marry me, and the vampire dilemma. I vaguely remember what the woman from the school board said, but she did not believe me... one bit.
She then asked about the video, and I told her my side of the story. I had told her that my group of friends wanted to make a video of us dancing, so we went ahead and recorded a video of us dancing in people's personal space. I ran into a classroom, bursted into dance, and then ran out. I air humped (think: that animated picture of that person dressed up as a stormtrooper making that humping movement) a friend of the friend who was recording the video. I, again, told them that if they felt harassed, they could've told us to stop, and we would've. I was then told exactly what the Dean told me last Monday. They wouldn't, and didn't know how to react. The woman from the schoolboard then got nasty with me and told me if the person who recorded the video was a reliable, trustworthy friend. I told her yes. She pulled out his report and read that I was the one who suggested that we record the video. I told her that it was true and I honestly couldn't remember how it started when I was first asked. Let's face it, who would honestly remember? None of us expected to get into this kind of deep **** when we did this, all we were expecting was a good laugh from our friends and the people involved. She, again, got nasty with me and told me to get my story straight. She thought I was lying. Trying not to snap back and get angry with her, I honestly told her that I wasn't lying, and if I was trying to lie, I'd make up the other parts of the story too (which I didn't, the only innacurate information that I told her was how it began).
I honestly forgot what happened after that, but a few minutes later I was told that they didn't want me on campus when I was 18. I could've been charged for sexual harassment, despite the fact that people do stuff like this all the time, and some actually get paid for it. Shortly after that, a third issue was brought up. My attendance:
Over the course of my Highschool years, my attendance was very, very lax. There were a lot of issues, mainly due to me being antisocial Sophomore, which I highly regret, and an issue with graduation Junior year. Sophomore year, I stopped coming for about three months, and then came back for the rest of the year after a schedule change. Junior year, the whole year. To quickly explain the dilemma I had in my Junior year, I initially stopped showing up again due to me being antisocial.. I was bad at making friends and just didn't like a certain class. It gave me anxiety. After a meeting, I was basically forced to strike a deal where I would graduate early and obtain a Certificate of Proficiency (which is "apparently" equivelent to a diploma, but it's only limited in the state of California) if I passed the test. It's called the California High School Proficiency Examination. So naturally, as I was pretty much forced to, I agreed to it.
About a week later after the meeting, I made a proposal. I was a Freshmen in credits, but with the proposal I made, I would've been caught up. I asked if it was possible if I could change my schedule to have periods one through seven for the whole year, take night school and adult school classes, and do summer school. Same thing would apply to my Senior year. The teacher said it would be possible, and he'd even be able to knock off some requirements (specifically a language class), but he said he'd see what would happen after the first semester (which would be after I take the test, which I didn't). I was quite furious with what he said, as cool as he was. So, I said screw it and stopped attending like an idiot. Before the second semester started, I received a call to help me continue to get my education. I was offered to get homeschooled.
I wasn't very happy about it at first, but I figured why not, so I accepted it. I loved the teacher I got and we worked perfectly. I got caught up for the semester over the course of not even two months, and could've got caught up even quicker. We had another meeting (these meetings are once per semester), and I was again, forced into taking the CHSPE test. We changed our priorities to studying for the test, which I actually did, and I actually took the test. After the teacher left, I went to my counselor and asked if I could stay for my Senior year. He said he was fine with it and gave me a schedule. The day of the test came, and I purposely failed.
Come Senior year (which is this year), I was very happy with my schedule. I had made a lot of friends over the course of my highschool years, this year being my prime. I still had attendance issues, mainly due to how I became ill during the first week and had to miss a day. After that, I had started to come back to school, but I'd always miss a day of the week. Eventually I got sick again, and stayed out for a week, and for some reason, had anxiety agaun and stayed at home for about half a week. I came back, but afraid of what my teachers would say about my attendance, I would constantly come to school late almost everyday (I'd at least miss first period) for about half a month, while still missing almost once a day per week. This went on until I got in trouble where it all began.
Back at the meeting, after my attendance was brought up, I told them I had a tough time attending. Mainly due to the fact that I had been out of school over the course of a whole school year prior to my Senior year and had difficulties staying in school for more than a week straight. I had told them that I never once got suspended during my school years (except once in sixth grade), had never ditched school, or ditched any classes. I wasn't a trouble maker, I was a senior, carrying on with the senior tradition.
I made a proposal that I could finish the school year, take periods 1-7, take night and adult school, and then next year go to a school outside of the district so I could get caught up and graduate. (Note: this school is for people who fall behind in school and actually want to graduate.) The woman from the school board straight up told me that she was going to expell me from the school because she didn't want me to be on school grounds when I'm 18 (march) because of the first two issues. I thought it was ridiculous, but there was nothing I could do. She softened up after seeing that I wasn't a bad person and explained to me that an expulsion would look bad on my record and said that she would administratively place me into homeschool, where I would be yet again, forced to take the CHSPE(California High School Proficiency Examination) test. I said since it's the only option, fine. This was at the end of October. Right now this is January 23rd. I'm stuck at home with a ruined future and no word from the school.. almost three months later.
I brought this issue up with my friends mother during a car ride, leaving out the last two details (attendance issues, and issues with the girl), and she thought it was absolutely ridiculous. She recommended that I should appeal my expulsion and write a letter with my request to come back, while threatening to sue the school and send it to the education boards all across California. This is what I'm hoping to do, but there are a few concerns and things I have to do first.
The first concern is legal issues. If I were to bring up my attendance record and make an offer that if I mess up one more time, I'd be out, would I be in legal issues with the law? I was considered truant, and I don't want to get sent to Juvenile Hall, forced to go to a school with juvenile delinquents, or get sent to a foster home. The other issue is actually talking to the girl and getting her to forgive me, which I would use in the letter as proof that I didn't harm her.
I apologize for the very lenghty, confusing message, but I'm in dire need of help and I care a lot about my future. I don't care if I'd have to stay in school for an extra year. I just want to go back and get my education so I can go to College. Please help me.
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|Jan 24th, 2011, 11:05 AM||#2|
Re: I Got Expelled From California High School -- Need Answers ASAP
Your friend's suggestion is not bad. Appeal and if need be sue.
Chances are the Board will give you one more chance. They are there to educate not punish but you also have to follow the rules!
|Feb 7th, 2011, 03:46 PM||#3|
Re: I Got Expelled From California High School -- Need Answers ASAP
Depending on where you live, you should find an education advocate or education attorney to help you get back in school. Many will do the work for free or low cost. Here's a list of some people: http://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/oah/...acy%20list.pdf
You can also try contacting the Learning Rights Law Center (Learning Rights Law Center - Home) and explain your situation. They help people for free.
As for the concerns about truancy, they CANNOT put you in juvenile detention merely for truancy. Your best bet is to start changing your attendance habits now, regardless of where you go to school. This will allow you to make a good showing that you're committed to changing your ways. Also, I wouldn't worry about contacting that girl. It really doesn't matter at this point whether or not she felt harassed. When disciplining students, the schools usually look at your behavior and not how it was construed to others. Basically, you got in trouble for demonstrating harassing behavior to another (not because someone actually felt harassed). Even if you got a letter from her stating that she didn't feel harassed, the school could argue that she felt pressured to write it. Your best bet is to stay away from the girl and focus on your own behavior.
A good education advocate would know what steps to take. They will likely recommend that you get assessed to see if you qualify for special education. My guess is that you may be battling ADHD. Getting assessed would be to your benefit, so don't get offended at the suggestion. Students with disabilities have special procedural protections that make it more difficult for schools to expel them. In other words, if you were to get assessed now and able to show some qualifying disability, then you could write a letter to your school and make them retroactively take you back and rescind your expulsion. It's definitely worth a shot. By law, a school MUST assess you if you make the request.
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