Stand up for Gavin! Overturn expulsion and get him back where he belongs.

Stand up for Gavin! Overturn expulsion and get him back where he belongs.

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Gavin is a 17-year-old senior at Upper Perkiomen High School and will be graduating in five months.  He has worked hard to make it this far, and has made long-lasting friendships since grade school.

He currently has a court date scheduled for January 8th, 2019 to go in front of the School Board and Superintendent to be expelled from school.  A formal hearing will be held in the Upper Perkiomen School District Administration Building 2229 East Buck Road Pennsburg, PA.  He is currently on suspension.

Gavin woke up on December 12th for school and grabbed his overnight bag.  His only class that day before leaving for Vo-Tech was gym-class and he didn’t want to carry his heavy book bag.  It was early and Gavin didn’t think to go through its contents before leaving for school.

The night before, a student had turned a few students in for vaping.  Gavin was among those who were reported.  He was called down to the Principal’s office out of protocol.  He was told about the vaping, and turned in a device that he had with him.  When Gavin was asked if they could look in his backpack, he said yes without question.  He had nothing to hide so allowing the principal to look through his bag was not a big deal. The Principal found a pocket knife at the bottom of his bag. 

Gavin uses this pocket knife for fishing and fixing his dirt bike but completely forgot that it was in his overnight bag.  Because of State Law and School District Policy the police and parents are always called in these instances.  The police officer recommended that Gavin go to the Youth Aid Panel and that he would most likely do Community Service and have to write a letter of apology.  The school, however, immediately suspended Gavin for ten days and began the process of expulsion.

Gavin is devastated by the honest mistake of forgetting to check his belongings.

Gavin has never had any history of violence in or out of school. He is a good student and complies with the rules of the school.  He has not had any disciplinary issues during his entire high school career. Gavin is around dangerous tools at Vo-tech for auto mechanics and has never had one incident during his time there.  He uses those tools appropriately and responsibly.  He would never in any way choose to endanger the health and welfare of himself or others. 

Gavin is a happy-go-lucky kid and is loved by everyone.  Gavin likes snowboarding, fishing, campfires and dirt biking. He enjoys going to the shore and to rivers in the spring and summer. He is a talkative, funny, entertaining kid who likes to make people laugh. He currently has a job detailing cars and hopes to move up to Auto Mechanic when he graduates from High School and Vo-Tech.

The Superintendent suggested Gavin could attend Cyber School in lieu of expulsion. The Superintendent made it very clear there is no possible way to remain with his class.  This would mean Gavin would not be able to attend his Senior Prom or walk for Graduation, either.  The Cyber School option would put Gavin at a significant disadvantage, as he is a student who benefits from more direct instruction.  In the past, he did have a 504 plan and made Honor Roll that year because of the extra guidance.

State Law and the School District Policy allow for the Superintendent to modify expulsion or have no expulsion at all depending on the individual circumstances of each child.  State Law also prohibits schools from having a “zero-tolerance school policy” regarding situations of this nature.  

Please sign this petition to help us keep Gavin where he belongs, as a part of the Upper Perk High School community, among his friends and teachers, going to prom with his girlfriend and walking alongside the rest of his classmates as he graduates with the Class of 2020.   We would also welcome and encourage you to show your support by attending his hearing on January 8th at 7pm, at the address above.

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