Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Speck of Marijuana= 3 Month Suspension and Lawsuit for Ex-High School Student

In Fresno California, a student who was arrested for a "pin-head amount of marijuana, is suing his former school district, contending it has double standards when disciplining students.
When he got caught with a tiny amount of marijuana at Fowler High School, he was suspended for three months during the 2004-05 school year. When the daughter of a school board member came to school possessing drugs or alcohol, or was high on them, she was not disciplined, the civil complaint states.

Simonian appealed to the Fresno County Board of Education, which threw out his suspension. The board found that the "pin-head-sized speck" of marijuana stuck to the rubber liner of the glove compartment of his car was not a usable amount and not enough to convict the teen.

Simonian contends the ruling came too late. He said he suffered embarrassment, humiliation, anxiety and was banned from participating in school functions. He is suing the district for $500,000 in general and special damages.

The county Board of Education rejected the Fowler school board's decision because there was no evidence to suggest Simonian's behavior could not be corrected, the complaint says. The county board noted Simonian's achievements: an A student, favorable attendance and a participant in the school band and leadership classes.
We should all find it amazing how quick some educators are to remove a good student from education because of an unusable amount of marijuana. In fact, we should find it scary.

I am glad he had the guts to bring about a lawsuit for this type of "teachers pet" behavior from the administration. During my senior year of high school, an enraged parent brought pictures she had found while snooping through her son's room while he was out to our principle. The pictures included several students smoking marijuana off campus. One of the students, a close friend of mine, was removed from our senior class trip for the picture.

The kicker was that just days before this picture surfaced, a photo of our class president drinking a beer was on the desk of our class advisor who organized the class trip and laughed about it with other students. When I brought up the hypocrisy of this, I was confronted by teachers claiming I was "sabotaging the trip", repeating over and over that "there is a huge difference between smoking marijuana and having a beer." Since both actions are illegal, the only difference I could see was that marijuana is safer.
Hope this student gets every penny.


Jimi Devine said...

The "big difference" being that one is a major killer in society, and the other doesn't have a documented death in the history of mankind. I bet the families of the 19,000 people that died in 1999 of alcohol induced causes feel that there is a big difference.
The idea that a piece of marijuana that could be measured in microns forced someone out of school for months at a time is an utter falure to society as a whole. In a time when America is running out of Scientists and Mathmeticians you would think that steps would be taken to keep kids in school.

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800 pound gorilla said...

I know a lot of people who defend the decision to exempt [though not officially acknowledging this - because it might notify people that the drug war has no standards to be exempted from] alcohol and tobacco [aka cigarettes] by the proviso that most alcohol and tobacco users don't commit crimes and take care of social responsibilities. How they could reconcile this suspension defies logic. Of course, they are never asked to reconcile this problem by our lapdog media.

There is strength and safety in numbers - as shown by the drug war scam artists solidarity in the face of total lack of standards and evidence and refusal to discuss this in a public forum. We just need more people who are not "team players" posing the difficult questions in public places to our leaders. There should be "no place to hide" for those who lie to the public about drugs.

One should give kudos to the parents as children don't get much legal status taking on school boards when parents don't support them.

herbal_care06 said...

I have noticed lately ..otherinfo, personal interaction, etc...
that there is an increasing number of people experiencing hallucinations and psychosis due to alcohol. With a couple of my friends (myself inclded) it was hard to spot because they were self-medicating the voices away (or even some visions) with alcohol, but ended up with other psychotic symptoms. It was only when they quit drinking that they noticed the quality of visions and hearings were different.

So that got me thinking... how many people must be exacerbating an internal condition with alcohol? If a person is a heavy, long-term drinker one of the detox symptoms is psychosis, which may cause a person to actually start drinking again. When we are hurting or scared or filled with these strange experiences, it makes sense to medicate them away in anyway that we can think of. But are we making ourselves worse?

Alcohol is one of those taboo subjects with people because they are either comfortable with their level of use, ignoring any signs of harm because it's not over enough to seem dangerous, OR are struggling with quitting, but have a tough time staying clean because it holds back the demons. Some people can drink, can be fine with one or two, while it turns others into a distorted version of themself complete with horms and fire breath. Our entire society is built around alcohol as the glue between friendships, new meetings, casual life, a stress reducer, leveling out social anxiety, holidays, celebration, and so on. Alcohol is cool and will make you cool, the elixar of life. That si what we are told anyway. This has turned into a rant on alcohol when really my point was to draw connections between alcohol and psychosis brought on by the effects of the drink