7:07 am June 17, 2009, by Laura Diamond
Cobb County students can be suspended from sports teams and school clubs for breaking school rules – even if the infractions occurred off-campus.
School board members approved rules last week to guarantee students are disciplined uniformly when caught drinking, smoking or doing drugs. The punishments are harsh. Students face a 25-day suspension from activities on their first offense.
How are they going to catch students? Students could be setting themselves up by posting pictures on Facebook and other sites, a district spokesman said.
Obviously students should be punished for breaking school rules on campus or at school-related events like field trips.
But is it right for school officials to discipline students for something they do on the weekend or during the summer?
A common complaint is that schools are expected to do parents’ work. Should schools take on off-campus behavior?
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