Va. Schools Weigh Discipline Policies After Student Suicide

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Fairfax County School Board continues to discuss recommendations from a special committee that formed after a 15-year-old W.T. Woodson High School student committed suicide.

Sophomore Nick Stuban took his own life on Jan. 20, 2011, after he was suspended and referred for expulsion for buying a synthetic drug similar to marijuana, according to The Washington Post.

Last June, the school board unanimously approved a motion to create the “Ad Hoc Community Committee on Student Rights and Responsibilities.” The chairman is Steve Stuban, Nick’s father, and the purpose of the group is to examine the school system’s disciplinary procedures and provide feedback.

There was community speculation following Nick’s death, and the March 2009 suicide of another another Fairfax County student who was facing possible expulsion, that the county’s discipline policies are too harsh.

The committee has produced 52 recommendations for changing the policies, including substance abuse sessions in place of suspensions for students caught using drugs or alcohol and  the implementation of disciplinary options other than involuntary school transfers for rule-breakers, The Post reports.

The school board meeting will begin Monday at 4 p.m.

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