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Walkout students disciplined: Either essay or community service

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Parents of students who participated in the walk-out at both Chesterton High School and Chesterton Middle School on March 14 received notice late Friday afternoon that their children--who were marked truant at 10 a.m. on the day of the walk-out--have been assigned an “alternative discipline.”

The notice of alternative discipline:

“Dear Parent/Guardian:

“Your student was marked truant on March 14, 2018, for a period of time during class. The consequence for this behavior is one of the two options:

“* Complete one half-hour of community service to be signed off on by an adult supervisor. Please complete the information and obtain an adult supervisor’s signature if you choose this option at the bottom of the page. Return this letter to the Assistant Principal’s Office.

“* Complete a one-half page written reflection commenting on your rationale for leaving class. Please return this completed essay with your clearly printed name to the Assistant Principal’s Office.

“Your completion of one of the above tasks is due by the end of school on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. If one of these options is not completed, further disciplinary action will occur.”

Duneland Schools Administration added, in the notice of alternative discipline, that a “personalized letter will be issued to your student” sometime this week.

The two options for alternative discipline are, in fact, those which Duneland Schools Supervisor Ginger Bolinger cited as possible sanctions when she spoke to the Chesterton Tribune prior to the walk-out, earlier on the morning of March 14.

A couple of hundred students at CHS participated in the walk-out, in memory of the 17 who were massacred on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Approximately 130 students participated in a walk-out, also at 10 a.m. March 14, at CMS.



Posted 3/19/2018




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