Target: Crawford County High School Principal Mike Campbell
Goal: End the suspension of student who wanted to come to school dressed as Santa Claus
Recently, John George III, a student at a Georgia high school, decided to celebrate the holiday season by dressing up as Santa Claus and passing out candy canes to his classmates. However, he was never allowed the chance to do this. He posted a cryptic message on Facebook in order to get his classmates excited for the event, but one parent found the message threatening. As a result, George was suspended even though a police investigation revealed that he was not planning to harm anyone.
George posted on his Facebook page, ‘Students of cchs ur in for a big surprise tomorrow.’ A concerned parent called the police after seeing the message. The police spoke to the teenager and determined that while his message may have been poorly worded, he did not have any malicious intent. He had a Santa costume and had spoken to a teacher at his school about the plan. The police spoke to George about the wording of the Facebook message, but took no further action against him. George was then suspended by the school pending its own investigation of the message.
Principal Mike Campbell issued a press release about George’s suspension, claiming that his message was ‘disturbing.’ While the message easily could have been taken the wrong way, the police investigation should have cleared George’s intentions. The school overreacted and is punishing a student for an unfortunate choice of words. There is no need for a school investigation when the police have already investigated, especially as a teacher at the school was aware of George’s plan. Demand that George’s suspension be ended.
Dear Mr. Campbell:
Recently, student John George III intended to attend Crawford County High School dressed as Santa Claus. He posted a message on Facebook with the intent of getting his classmates excited for the event, but the message was poorly worded and seen as threatening. The police investigated George and determined that he meant no harm with his message or actions. However, you have decided to ignore the police investigation and suspend him while you conduct your own investigation.
I ask you to end George’s suspension immediately. He is not a threat to the school, but instead he is only a teenager who wished to spread holiday cheer to his classmates. His mistake in the wording of his Facebook message does not mean he should be punished this severely, especially after a police investigation has revealed him to not be a threat. George’s suspension should be ended immediately.
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