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.
Shawn and Ruth Miller