Parents say Ardmore High School girls’ suspensions too harsh

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Some parents in Ardmore say a recent punishment handed down by school administrators is too severe. A group of students were suspended for 45 days for an incident involving alcohol.

The punishment came down after an investigation of school code violations.

"We had on off-school activity that occurred over the weekend in which there was a student code violation and therefore we have been investigating that situation and have taken actions as to consequences with the students," Dr. Ruth Ann Carr, Ardmore Schools superintendent, says.

Officials wouldn't give specifics citing confidentiality issues but parents say it involved their kids, who are members of the girls’ varsity basketball team.

One parent says the girls snuck alcohol into the home of a basketball coach during a sleep-over and drank it. School administrators gave the students a 45-day suspension as a result.

"There is part of student code that identifies guidelines concerning certain types of behavior."

That student code includes alcohol consumption, but parents say the punishment is too excessive claiming the incident didn’t happen on school property.

Carr says parents have the right to appeal their suspension.

"Anytime a student is involved in a long-term suspension they have the right to appeal to the board of education."

School officials say the coach who hosted the event was investigated but found she had no knowledge of what the students were doing.

Carr says the coach did the right thing by notifying parents.

"The principals and rest of the staff are trying to make sure the students learn from their mistakes and have safe productive lives."

No word on if any of the students have or will appeal their suspensions.

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