Teen Expelled From School? What To Do Now

Most of us might ask, what an expulsion is? It is a permanent removal from a given school where the student can never attend this particular school again. Although the student can still continue with his/her education in another school after having completed a reentry program or have complied with the conditions of the board.

How Does a School Expulsion Process Work?

Every school has their own criteria to suspend or expel students, basing on their behavior or school performance. These are usually the reasons by which a student may be expelled by the school:

  1. Defied the school authorities as well as disrupting the school activities.
  2. Has possession, is selling, offering or is using any controlled substance, tobacco,  dangerous object or drug paraphernalia.
  3. Has attempted, threatened, or has caused physical injury to others.
  4. Tried or have caused damage to the school or any private property.
  5. Tried to steal or stole a school or private property.
  6. Performed obscene acts or frequent profanity.
  7. Performed robbery or extortion.

Students who show one or more of these behaviors may face expulsion proceedings usually done by the members of the Board of Education. The members of the board will conduct the hearing according to the incident reports gathered from the school, the students concerned and the witnesses; before they finally decide on whether or not to expel.

What Rights Do You or Your Teen Have in the Event of An Expulsion?

  • An expulsion hearing or a due process should take place even before your teen gets expelled to properly conduct any formal investigation.
  • There should be a notice received from the school before an expulsion hearing takes place explaining the school violation committed by your teen.
  • The right to have an attorney in the event of a scheduled hearing or the right to be provided notice on how to get a representation or an advocate during an expulsion hearing.
  • Being able to have a chance to explain your teen's side of the story by presenting evidences gathered from documents and witness' testimonies. Including having the chance to cross examine the witnesses siding the school's claims.
  • Having the opportunity to acquire a complete set of documents that the school may present to the board. This may also include any written statements from people involved and your teen's school records which may help in supporting your child's side of the story.
  • The parent or guardian should be given up to how many days to appeal about the expulsion or if they believe that the school administrator did not perform the proper procedure or standard discipline for the offense. Contact the Discipline Appeals Office (252-0820) if you wish to appeal.

Before an expulsion hearing takes place, get the facts by talking to your own teen as well as the school administration about what actually happened. Seek out any witnesses to the event and make sure they are willing to testify for your teen's side of the story.  Find out the possible maximum or minimum penalties your teen might get for any proven violation committed.

Explore What's Causing your Teen's Behavior

In a most recent data released by the NCES or the National Center on Education Statistics displays that there are already 3.3 million students in 2006 who have been suspended or expelled. This is approximately 1 out of 14 students who gets trouble in school where less than 1 out of 10 performs a violent offense. While all other cases are of noncriminal nature such as violating minor school rules, tardiness or absenteeism, or talking back to a teacher.

Parents are often unaware of what happens with their teen at school especially when your teenager has already established the habit of keeping secrets and lying about their problems in school. The teachers and guidance counselors may be the only persons who knew about your teen's troubling behaviors. By the time the parent knows about their teen's troubles, it will already be too late since an expulsion has already been served. Ideally, parents should always be proactive and do their best to be updated with their teen's performance in school by speaking regularly with their instructors. This will give the parents a chance to help their troubled teens overcome their problems and eventually avoid being expelled.

During an event when your teen gets expelled from school, deal with the fact that there is a problem. Start looking into a list of problems your teen might have since your teen surely didn't just show their negative behavior for no reason at all. Behaviors shown such as substance abuse, declining grades, acting out sexually, withdrawal, fighting, or skipping school are manifestations that there are underlying problems that your teens are facing. Taking immediate action and seeking for appropriate placement or treatment for your troubled teen will lead to a greater chance for change where your teen can quickly regain control of their lives.

What Options Does My Teen Have after Expulsion?

There is still a chance for your teen to continue with their studies through the following options:

  1. Home School - Although home schooling associations on each state may provide this support for expelled students, they still need to follow a strict guideline to be able to graduate. The thing is, parents should be willing to commit a lot of time and effort for their teens to complete school from home.
  2. Online Courses - Associations such as the American School Independent Study Division and the Distance Learning Training Council offer programs to help expelled students accomplish their education through correspondence and internet courses. Obtaining a high school diploma is now possible through these internet courses even without being exposed to a traditional school setting.
  3. Public School - There are some public schools which may offer opportunities for expelled students to continue with their education. Usually, classes will take place during weekends or at night. Parents should check their local community or surrounding districts whether  there are any public schools who offer such services.
  4. Private School - Some private schools offer alternative education which are usually  designed for students who are expelled from the public education. Including those who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction as well as violence. Some of these schools are usually free although other schools still require a tuition fee.
  5. Specialty School - Mostly include schools and programs such as military schools,  religious schools and wilderness programs or boot camps. There are specialty schools which includes academics like that of a boarding school but others do not. There are also specialty schools that focuses on helping the troubled teen alone while some would want to involve the teen's family in the process of healing.

Through these alternative schools, the guidance of the educators and the support from the parents, your teen eventually begins to establish the needed motivation to succeed and gain more confidence in themselves and their capabilities.