High school is supposed to be the time to grow your skills, educate yourself about various topics and have fun with your friends. However, for some students, high school becomes a series of challenges they face every day. Getting involved in an activity prohibited in your school and getting caught could result in a suspension or expulsion.
It is important to go through your high school’s rulebook before participating in an unusual activity with your friends. Some common allegations that get you suspended or, worse, expelled include consumption of alcohol or drugs on campus, possession of arms, violence, etc. If you are in trouble with your school, contact an education law attorney today.
Things that can get you suspended in high school
- Failure to progress
High school students cannot pass their classes without studying, which is an obvious fact known to everyone. Not all students have the same level of intelligence, and everyone has a different pace of understanding concepts. Some students are considered to be “slower” than others. While passing high school classes is not rocket science, it takes effort to get good grades.
Some high schools require their students to retain a specific benchmark. Failing classes back to back can result in expulsion.
- Getting involved in a violent fight
While teenagers are infamous for getting into fights, especially in school, they are expected to follow the rules and remain disciplined inside the campus. If you are caught fighting, whether verbal or physical, it may result in some form of punishment. In severe cases, the punishment is usually a suspension.
- Possessing weapons
One of the most common reasons listed for facing suspension from school is the possession of weapons. Possession or the usage of any type of weapon can lead to suspension or, even worse, expulsion. In case somebody gets hurt because of your weapon, you may even face serious legal repercussions. Many schools have a zero-tolerance policy toward weapons.
- Title IX sexual misconduct
Title IX is a law that prohibits sexual misconduct in educational institutions that receive federal funding. The law requires high schools and colleges to protect their students and staff from sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct. Schools are not only required to protect students from employees but other students as well.
If another student has accused you of sexual violence or harassment, it could lead to Title IX charges. Such accusations are extremely severe and could result in immediate removal from school.