Dedham Students Will Now Be Punished for Incidents Off School Grounds

Students may now face up to a month's suspension for getting in trouble on or off campus.

Starting today, the "Memorandum of Understanding" (MOU) will go into affect.

Students can now face punishment if they are involved in any one of the incidents described in the document.

Within the MOU, incidents include being caught with alcohol, drugs, fights, or threats of fights on or off school ground.

“I don’t think you should really get in trouble for something out of school,” says Dedham High School senior Annie Joy Abbott told CBS News. “You’re not even on school property.”

According to CBS News, The motion passed 6-1 last night during the school board meeting- ending months of debating.

Principals now have the most power to punish students who are caught with alcohol, or drugs.  And students can face up to a month's suspension.

Even though many parents agree that the new MOU is less harsh than the last, there are some, like mother of three Camilla Rush, who are still concerned.

"I think sometimes they need to let us parents be parents," Rush told CBS. "Let us punish the kids. I do like if you need help, you can go to someone for backup, but let us be parents too.”

Avon Barksdale September 06, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Like I said steve, you're very entertaining, just not very focused or well-informed. No need to get mad, feel free to direct that negative energy toward self-assessment.
Stephen Acosta September 08, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Mr. O'Neil, as a student I take offense that you believe people are underparented. Just because it is your opinion that someone shouldn't be somewhere at a certain time doesn't make it underparenting. With cell phones, parents can let their kids stay out a little later, especially in summer, because with a touch of a button and less than a minute, they can find out where their kid is. I'm not sure how that's underparenting, but I guess if you say it, it must be true. Just like when you wrote a letter to the Dedham Times about how your nephew didn't make the JV Basketball team, saying that you watched him out there and he was much better than every other player that made the team over him. You need to realize that just because you think something, doesn't make it what should be happening. Everyone's entitled to an opinion, and I applaud you for having yours, but your opinions do not make something right or wrong. Sincerely, Stephen Acosta DHS Class of 2016
Dan O'Neil September 10, 2012 at 05:02 PM
For Young Mr. Acosta, You should be very proud to have Mike Plansky there now to oversee what has been years of a network of favors in that sports program. What happened to my nephew won't happen to you if you go out for a sport. That man is trying to fix 25+ years of that garbage going on. By the way he lost his spot to a kid with two left feet and who's dad gave a $1000 donation to the program. Going back to the MOU. Young kids being out late in East Dedham has been going on since before you were born and payphones still existed. This isn't about losing freedoms it's about protecting children and teaching them a sense of right and wrong. There are families that have two parents and both of them don't make time for this because of there jobs, some families it's one parent trying to do two jobs to make ends meet. No matter what the situation there is a disconnect. Maybe your parents do instill those values. A lot of parents don't or don't realize or think they covered everything and left out some things thinking there child wouldn't do this. Everyone's situation is different. I find kids to be less respectful than other generations. I went into the guidance office last year for something with me nephew and those kids were dictating to the guidance people what class they were going to, not asking, telling. That behavior is unacceptable and I fully support the MOU.
Eileen Kelly September 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM
How about we give the kids of Dedham something to do like a rec center. The teens are not allowed to congregate anywhere. Socializing is a big part of teen life. I don't believe kids should be breaking the law but I think we need to help them find ways to socialize other that drinking, doing drugs and generally acting foolish. I don't agree with the schools MOU now or before it was recently defined. I think that as minors it is up to the parents to deal with their actions outside of school and if a child is not taken care of at home then it is up to the law and the school dept.
Jack September 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Most employers do monitor activities outside of work -- it's called a drug test (and that's not such a bad idea for students). Kevin Coughlin was right though, there needs to be more clarity with "in presence" because that could trap kids. Currently, it wouldn't exclude a younger sibling who's in middle school from punishment if an older sibling was caught at home throwing a party with alcohol/drugs.


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