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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  • by Leviticus Location: SWArdmore on Nov 19, 2007 at 04:32 PM
    Someone contributed to the delinquency of minors. If there was a plan to avoid detection by the teacher, there was a conspiracy to commit a crime. Why are we talking about "suspension from classroom activities" here? We should be talking about jail time for anyone contributing to the event. And if the sentence is too lenient, get the federal government's petite policy involved. A slap on the wrist, if you can even call suspension that, only encourages future bad behavior. Spare the rod, spoil the child. And any parent that objects, "accessory after the fact!"
  • by Tiger1 Location: Ardmore on Nov 18, 2007 at 01:04 AM
    When I first heard about this, something seemed too fishy about it. And it's true, the school system is trying to cover their butts. The coach involved will not be held accountable for bringing about this situation and the basketball girls are the scapegoats. So why play for any coach that would sell me out just to keep his or her job. If this coach was going to advise the players about college information, that should have been done by the counselors at school, not at a coach's home. But I think the basketball girls could get their suspensions overturn because the school has to prove that the event was school sponsored through documentation of approval by the board or the principle in writing. And that parents gave written permission for their kids. If there is not documentation for the event, then the school broke or failed to follow its own policies and procedures. The school or the board also has to specify sleeping at a coach's home is a school sponsored activity in their handbook.
  • by J Location: Madill on Nov 17, 2007 at 06:23 AM
    What the girls did was wrong and deserve whatever punishment they receive. THE COACH IS AN IDIOT. AS A TEACHER MY COLLEGE DEGREE, TEACHING CERTIFICATE AND JOB MEAN ENOUGH TO ME TO BE CAREFUL OF MY INTERACTION WITH THE STUDENTS. I AM THEIR TEACHER AND ROLE MODEL, NOT, AND I REPEAT, NOT, THEIR FRIEND. I don't know what punishment the coach should recieve but I hope that this can be a lesson to all teachers and coaches.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2007 at 12:17 PM
    I say have them and their parents go to court and pay a fine for it put them in ISS and keep them out of sports for a while, don't keep them out of school make them go and put extra work on them something they really don't wnat to do at school
  • by tracy Location: sherman on Nov 16, 2007 at 11:37 AM
    if you take the girls out of school then they have more free time when the parents are at work and what does this solve leave them at home for 45 days COME ON PEOPLE CPS WHAT A JOKE THEN THEIR ARE ALL THESE HARD WORKING PARENTS THAT WILL HAVE THERE NAME FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES ON RECORD FOR SOMETHING THE DAUGHTER DID I say let them go to shcool and serve morning and afternoon dentention but they have to mop and sweep and dust the school or put them in the cafeteria washing dishes and detention something besides let them sit on their butts at home
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2007 at 10:47 AM
    The parent, the student amd the coach should pay a fine, a fine that is high enough that maybe next time these people will think twice about doing. It starts with the parents they should have never let their kids go to the slumber party or whatever it was, start with them first and make them pay
  • by Hollie Location: ardmore on Nov 16, 2007 at 04:16 AM
    Just a question, if these girls were caught drinking under the supervision of one of their parents, would not the parent get in trouble? So why is this coach off the hook? Especially if this was a "school activity"
  • by Opinionated Location: Ardmore on Nov 15, 2007 at 05:03 PM
    Well, I think they should not be suspended. They should have tons of work heaped up on them and not get to play at least 5 or six games. All they are doing right now is giving them a 45 day vacation. And yes, the coach should be held responsible and at least put on leave without pay. But, I do not believe it was a school function. I believe they are overstepping their bounds.
  • by Republican In Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Nov 15, 2007 at 04:20 PM
    What is going on in Ardmore? Since when did a slumber party become a school sponsored activity? The stupid thing is that the girls were suspended over it. And why is it stupid? Because the idiot superintendent called it a school activity. Would you let your child sleep over at a teacher's or coach's house without knowing what kind of person they are? NO WAY? Especially with all the child molesters roaming around in society. This coach needs to be fired for even having this slumber party. School officials should be protecting our children, not punishing them. If this was a school activity, what administrator gave permission to have this slumber party? Any school activity that goes on has to have the permission of the board of education, the superintendent or the athletic director. If it pretained to basketball, then the head coach and other coaches are to blame for not getting permission to have this slumber party. This is a ACS cover up and the basketball girls are paying for it!
  • by mom Location: pottsboro on Nov 15, 2007 at 02:58 PM
    to kenwood in durant. Obviously, you have never attended the funeral of a teenager who was killed in a drinking related car accident. My daughter, who is 16, has been to several!! It's no joke and should not be taken lightly. You make it sound like these girls were simply passing notes in class. Underage drinking is a serious problem for our communities and has been ignored for far too long. The school is doing the right thing by punishing these students, and "picking up trash" will not solve one thing!! I hope the punishment the school is enforcing is not the only punishment they receive. I hope their parents don't take their childrens lack of respect for the law and authority as lightly as you do. The school is doing these young ladies and their parents a favor, and may be saving their lives by letting them know that underage drinking is wrong and will not be tolerated!!
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