The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 9, 1996 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 9, 1996
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A8 WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 9, 1996 EDUCATION THE SALINA JOURNAL V MIDOL The Associated Press Klmberly Smartt (center) embraces another student while returning to classes Tuesday at her junior high school. School board relents on Midol expulsion Black eighth-grader sues, claiming racism in harsher punishment By The Associated Press FAIRBORN, Ohio — An eighth- grade honor student expelled for giving a Midol pill to a classmate returned to school Tuesday in a white limousine, her punishment reduced to the days she had already missed. Clutching balloons and grinning jubilantly, Kimberly Smartt went back to Baker Junior High School, where a throng of cheering classmates waited outside the school for her to arrive. "I feel really happy," Smartt said. "I'm just going to be in all the activities I was in and continue how it was and don't ever have to think about this again." Smartt was allowed to return to the school about 10 miles northeast of Dayton after the school board decided late Monday to reduce her 80-day expulsion to the three days she had already served. The board upheld a 10-day suspension she had already served. Smartt was expelled after she took two Midol pills from the school nurse's office Sept. 6 and gave one to Erica Taylor. Taylor, who said she didn't take the pill, was allowed to return to school following a nine- day suspension after she agreed to take part in a drug evaluation and counseling program. Board members wouldn't say why they changed the punishment. Their decision came the same day Smartt sued the school district in federal court, claiming she was punished more severely than the girl to whom she gave the pill because she is black. Taylor, 13, is white. The district has denied the accusation. Smartt's lawyer, Carl Lewis, said she will continue with her lawsuit. U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice said he would rule in two months whether to dismiss the lawsuit, and scheduled a tentative Jan. 23 trial date. T GRADE-SCHOOL KISS Boy's mother might turn kiss into lawsuit By The Associated Press LEXINGTON, N.C. — The parents of a 6-year-old boy punished for kissing a girl were unimpressed with the school board's vote to revise its sexual harassment policy and threatened to sue. "No, I'm not satisfied," said an irate Jackie Prevette, mother of Johnathan Prevette, after the nine-member Lexington school board voted unanimously Monday to give school officials more leeway in implementing the policy. Her next move? "Legal action," she replied. Johnathan, a first-grader, was separated from his class for a day after kissing a classmate. "You need to change this policy so that it is age-appropriate and so that the punishment fits the crime," Prevette told board members before the vote. "I do not think to this day that a kiss on the cheek, whether the girl wanted it or not, had anything to do with sex. I think it was a friendly kiss," she said. The board approved a new subsection, which says: "Student-to-student sexual ha- rassment policy shall not be applied in the case of young students unless it clearly appears that there is an intent on the part of the students to engage in harassment of a sexual nature. "In the absence of such intent, rules which forbid other forms of personal contact or interference should be considered and applied if appropriate." So many reasons to get to the bank: Checking Check Card Savings Mortgage Loans Agricultural Loans © 1996 BANK IV, N.A. { Consumer Loans } % > . ._;••• ' ^ >. i. •. •••• !" i "" ' ..:••. s •• * J ^ * "" ~- •.$ •* BANK,rIV has so jrnanj?: ways to getmd&ey>fpr^M>he wa$s you 1offer a wide rar^a;ofe]ioaijs |o^dii«, college, ^ OMisji^^tid.^e jiist the one for you. Come to, dtirfeup, Or;call ^b^^tor phoneBANK IV - -' ""i . S " . .I' ~i > . '•' ,.^ ! -> *• at and > ff •• -.'•-, <* * BANKW&ves you so mafl^a^Wget to the bank and so many reasons Cash Management Credit Cards CDs Consumer Loans BANK! Member FDIC SENDER BOK VALU FOUR POPULAR STYLES AT GREAT PRICES MEN'S & WOMEN'S $ "COMFORT ULTRA" 39 MEN'S S WOMEN'S N.P.C. 39 The ultimate shoe for walking comfort, exclusively at Dillard's. Men's in white or black leather, sizes 7M-12,13,14M and 8-12W. Women's in white leather, sizes 5M-11M, 6-10N and 6- This classic court shoe features / a Reebok crest on white leather! Men's sizes 7M-12,13,14. t Women's sizes 5^-10,11. Men's "Deuce" .. «.»,' ' Women's $ "Diana" Her choice for excellent fitness comfort, exclusively at Dillard's. Sizes 5-10,11. $39 A Dillard's exclusive leather court shoe. Sizes 7-12,13,14 Dillard's For Your Convenience We Accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Carte Blanche, Diner's Club Or Your Dillard's Charge INTEGRITY. . .QUALITY. . .VALUE. . .DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCEI SHOP TODAY 10 A.M. - 9 P.M.

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