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  1. 1. Case Study #2 American eighth grader caught with marijuana on a field trip in Canada.
  2. 2. Case Study #2 Overview: What Happened? <ul><li>A Principal against better judgment and school policy, allowed an eighth grade student with numerous prior disciplinary incidents at school to attend a four-day field trip to Montreal. </li></ul><ul><li>The Principal agreed to “bend the rules” and allow him to attend in response to the assurance given by the father, that his son would be on his best behavior. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Case Study #2 Overview: So, What Happened? Continued…. <ul><li>Unfortunately, this was not the case. </li></ul><ul><li>The French teacher in charge of the trip found rolling papers in plain site, further investigation revealed the discovery of what appeared to be marijuana. The student’s roommate was in the room at the time but did not appear to be connected to this incident. </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher called the Principal on the second day of a four day trip for instruction on handling this very sensitive situation. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What does school policy dictate about this situation? <ul><li>Relevant sections of the book School Law 33 rd Edition: </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter 23: 1-2, 7, 10 & 14 </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter 22: 24-25 </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter 22: 35-36 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who should be contacted? Principal Parents Police Superintendent
  6. 6. What are the Student’s rights? <ul><li>The student has the right to privacy, according to the 4 th Amendment. </li></ul><ul><li>HOWEVER, (NJ vs. PLO in 1985) states the teacher was justified in searching further due to the rolling papers being in plain sight. </li></ul><ul><li>The safety of other students is taken into account and such a search is warranted. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Witnesses?
  8. 8. How do you prove it is marijuana?
  9. 9. What do we do with the Weed?
  10. 10. Should the student be sent home?
  11. 11. How will other students be affected?
  12. 12. Document Everything! <ul><li>Statement from teacher, student ’s roommate and the student </li></ul><ul><li>Student’s permission slip </li></ul><ul><li>Code of conduct </li></ul><ul><li>Picture of the substance </li></ul><ul><li>Police report </li></ul><ul><li>Parent agreement to transport student back to the states in case of student misconduct. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Special circumstances to consider
  14. 14. What Theory of Leadership Emerges in this Situation? <ul><li>Before the student even left the USA, the Principal committed an error by being too lenient with the student and his family, possibly putting other students in harm’s way. </li></ul><ul><li>The Principal chose to violate school policy in order to give a repeat offender another chance. </li></ul><ul><li>The leadership style is overly affiliative with the family leading to clearly negative consequences . </li></ul><ul><li>The leadership style is not authoritative initially (much like the lemming ). The Principal must utilize other leadership styles to manage this incident, becoming more authoritative or coercive to handle this situation. (Goleman). </li></ul>
  15. 15. References <ul><li>School Law (33 rd Ed .). (2010). New York State Boards Association, Inc., Latham, New York. </li></ul><ul><li>DEA site with information for parents </li></ul><ul><li>( ) </li></ul><ul><li>OSDFS – Office of Safe and Drug-free Schools </li></ul><ul><li>( ) </li></ul>