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Student Is Arrested for Bad Language

Lt. J.L. Simmons, who oversees resource officers for the sheriff's office, said "It happens all the time."
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WILMINGTON, N.C. - A 17-year-old high school student faced a possible 30 days in jail after school resource officers arrested him for using foul language with a teacher.

Ashley High School student Glenn Gattis said he used bad language after he got in trouble with the teacher for being late to class Aug. 25. School resource officers intervened and charged him with disorderly conduct, saying his language was meant to provoke violence.

Gattis and his parents do not deny he cursed and acknowledged he has had other disciplinary problems at school. But they said the misdemeanor criminal charge was an overreaction and have hired a lawyer to fight the charge.

Lt. J.L. Simmons, who oversees resource officers for the sheriff's office, said it is not uncommon for deputies to cite students for disorderly conduct and fighting.

"When things get reckless, we have to do something," he said. "It happens all the time."

School officials declined to comment.

Gattis has an Oct. 20 court date and was also suspended from school for three days.

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all together now : 'o'er the land of the free . . . ' 12.Oct.2004 10:17


That's just great. I desperately want to both support public education and avoid becoming one of those home-school freaks, but how am I supposed to have any confidence in an education system that criminamizes children for minor infractions? This so-called 'Information Age' would be more aptly described as the 'Paranoid Over-Reaction Age' . . .

Jesus. My kid's not even born yet and I'm getting all worked up over this shit. Anybody got a revolutionary plan for wresting control of the public education system from these moron pseudo-nazis?

Response 13.Oct.2004 20:10


Teachers are occasinally threatened in school, who protects their safety when an unruly and difficult student turns violent? It is a liability assumed by the district that a techer cannot defend themselves in their own classroom against threats and assault.