Thursday, February 24, 2011

Va. teen's suicide prompts Md. review of disciplinary policies

By Donna St. George
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 23, 2011; 11:05 PM

(The following is related to Sunday's WaPo article, Suicide turns attention to Fairfax discipline procedures.)

Maryland officials will ask school systems across the state to examine their disciplinary policies in the aftermath of the suicide of a Northern Virginia football player who took his life as he grappled with the fallout of being suspended from his high school.

The Maryland Board of Education asked for a review of policies in the state's 24 school systems, expressing concern about any existing "zero tolerance" practices and a need for support services for suspended students.

"I want to get some assurance that this never happens in our districts," said Kate Walsh, a member of Maryland's State Board of Education..."

Read more HERE.

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