Drew Central Students Apologize to School BoardMay 20th, 2013 by Sarah Spencer
A group of Drew Central students involved in an incident of vandalism last week that resulted when a “Senior prank that got out of hand”, stood before the School Board Thursday evening and apologized for their actions.
Following their apology, school board president Rene Knowles explained to the students the potential consequences they could have faced as a result of their choices and actions. The Board member expressed how very disappointed they were that these students would engage in such actions. They were reminded that they are the adults in the student body, that they are setting examples for the younger students, and they must take responsibility for their actions. The Board member explained that they could have forfeited their diplomas, as well as faced serious financial and legal penalties. The Board stated that the next such incident will result in jail time and the students will not be allowed to graduate.
Superintendent Mike Johnston commended them on the strong character they demonstrated in appearing before the Board to apologize, but that an apology alone is not enough to make up for the damages done. He encouraged the students to be thinking about what they could do to leave Drew Central with something positive, rather than spending their time and energy on a destructive senior prank. Superintendent Johnston stated that the Board does not want to do anything to jeopardize the students’ future plans, so they will be allowed to receive their diplomas. His recommendation was that the students who were involved in the vandalism not be allowed to participate in any of the senior activities for the remainder of the year, including walking at graduation. They will be allowed to receive their diplomas after the reimbursement for damages and other qualifications are met. They will be expected to make restitution, also, although the exact amount of the costs has not been established.
The Board stated that the students are forgiven, but that the consequences stand, and reminded the student that it could be a lot worse.
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