Tilman Middle School is facing a dilemma this week. An eighth-grade student is accused of writing an 11-part story that details attacks on specific students, using knives, scissors, sexual assaults, and even a 7-Eleven Slurpee machine. The eighth grade student was reportedly removed from school weeks ago by his parents, but the student returned to school after spring break. His return prompted protests by parents and students. The district released a statement stating that, “he was evaluated for two weeks and then released. However, the district can’t do much because the book wasn’t written on or using school property”. Bernard James, a professor of law and education-law expert at Pepperdine University explains in the article the gray area that exists when it comes to juveniles, criminal law and to what degree schools can act upon a threat. Professor James gives two examples of two separate school responding to threats and in both cases the school district was held responsible.
This article sparked by interest because I think it’s difficult to decide what to do in this situation, As a mother I completely understand why the parents are protesting; they want to know that their children are going to be safe at school. There has been numerous cases of school violence and unfortunately once a tragedy occurs it is too late, people want to find out why and wish they could have prevented it but it’s too late. Here we have a situation where this book was found before a tragedy occurred but what should happen to this student? This student obviously needs help, the students who he accuses of bullying him should also get help and see what led up to the creation of this book. I wonder, if this student stays at this school will the parents take their children out of school and transfer them to a different school? If this student gets the proper treatment or therapy and is monitored shouldn’t he be allowed to stay at the school? Or will he be harassed for his action even though he is getting help? Should the parents of this student remove him from the school? So many questions and I don’t have the answers.