Stop Texas Public Schools From Falsely Arresting and Expelling Students
  • Petitioned Texas Commisioner of Education Robert Scott

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Stop Texas Public Schools From Falsely Arresting and Expelling Students

    1. Ruth Miller
    2. Petition by

      Ruth Miller

      Aransas Pass, TX

My son was arrested on March 8th 2012 in Aransas Pass High School. He had just turned 17 when he was arrested and charged as an adult. He was charged with a 3rd degree felony for allegedly having a weapon on school campus. Prior to this incident my son did not have a criminal history, not even a traffic ticket.
He was walking into school with a taco in one hand and a drink in the other. The principle said he and his friends smelled like cigarrette smoke so she ordered a search of the students. At the bottom of my son's back pack was a broken belt buckle he had purchased 1 1/2 years ago. His school back pack had ripped so he was using this back pack he had not used since a vacation and forgot the belt buckle was in there. The belt buckle had the shape of knuckles. The principle said it was a weapon and called the police to have him arrested. Not only was he arrested and charged with a 3rd degree felony but he was also expelled from school. He is a good kid, the Assistant Principle even testified that he was honest and did not have a record of lying to him and that my son had stated he had forgotten the belt buckle was in the back pack.
None of this mattered to Principle Liz Harris or Superintendent Dr. Avery.
Legislation passed in 2009 requires Texas schools to consider intent when making disciplinary decisions. The superintendent did not consider intent in any sense. Please sign this petition, SAVE OUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION. They deserve better opportunities. These types of defective decisions can ruin their future before they even get it started.

 

Sincerely,

Shawn and Ruth Miller 

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    1. Aransas Pass trustees uphold decision to expel student

      Ruth Miller
      Petition Organizer

      An appeal was made to the Aransas Pass School Board to allow him to go back to school and finish out the year at his high school or even give him a lesser discipline and allow him to finish the year at the local DAEP (which is an alternative school in our local town) and the school board turned both those options down and instead sided with the superintedent to send Jacob over 40 miles away to JJAEP (which is in another county and will link Jacob to the criminal system, even if charges get dropped). Because according to Dr Avery in the report it would "better his education" to attend JJAEP....

      We as his parents want what's best for Jacob and the best education he can get , JJAEP was the worst possible option Dr Avery could have chosen.

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    • Mathew Ward PORT ARANSAS, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm a graduate of APHS, class of '74. My mother taught 4th, 1st & 3rd grades there @ Keiberger & @ Faulk. Over the years Aransas Pass has had some really good teachers, even a few extraordinary ones. But conversely, a preponderance of really bad principles.

      I know Shawn and Ruth Miller. Their older son was one of my Mom's GT kids. They are good people who raise good children. And now this: a BAD principle goes delusional and consigns Jacob to a future of unnecessary challenges to overcome. Each application, whether career or academic, carries with it a background check. This is to filter the ones who get a chance to be interviewed from those to be tossed out. The better the oppertunity, the tighter the filter.

      Hrumph! Bitch! How dare she take it upon herself to damage, possibably even snuff his futuer like that?

      I'm choking on my rage. This principle should be reevaluated and every decision she's ever made be reviewed. Amen.

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    • Treva Edwardson ARANSAS PASS, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I think it was unreasonable to expel this student for such a trivial reason.

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    • Leah Steadman PORTLAND, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      This is crazy, instead of charging good kids with stupid stuff, try getting all of the drugs out of that school. I graduated in 2010 and half the people in the school were selling drugs and doing them in the school. I've heard nothing but bad things about this new principle so maybe she should be expelled!

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    • jesse lozano ARANSAS PASS, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop Texas Public Schools From Falsely Arresting and Expelling Students

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    • Alan Haggard SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

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