SIGN PETITION TO RESPECT PARENT'S RIGHTS...
Petition requests policy be tabled until these requests are met:
1. Develop a policy that respects the Free Speech Rights of area students as guaranteed under the First Amendment; and
2. Develop an even-handed policy that applies to all students and does not provide preferential treatment to certain groups of students; and
3. Develop a policy that respects the rights of parents by requiring Parental Notification when a student is involved in a harassment disciplinary action which is not the current practice. Many parents are offended by the notion that disciplinary proceedings may take place without their knowledge; and
4. Develop steps for disciplinary action that respect the rights of both parties to a harassment case.
As currently drafted, the proposed policy allows alleged "victims" to self-define what they view as "harassing" or "offensive" conduct. Without having reasonable standards put in place, the proposed policy makes the West Bend School District and its taxpayers vulnerable to legal challenges and uncapped compensatory settlements.
NO provision for parents in new harassment policy. Parents are not required to be notified in cases of student disciplinary action, nor are they allowed to be in on disciplinary sessions with their children. (OUCH)