Grieving boy's bloodshot eyes mistaken for marijuana use? Why would a school refuse to apologize for mistakenly suspending and transferring Kyler Robertson, a junior at Byron Nelson High School in upscale Trophy Club?
The boy's father, Richard Robertson of Fort Worth, was murdered two days before the incident.
Kyler was "still grieving but longed for a sense of normalcy and wanted to be around friends." So he decided to go back to school and he showed up a little late, so he went to the office. That's when some overpaid idiots decided he must have been using marijuana.
The boy's mother immediately took him to his doctor and had a drug urine test performed, which cleared him of any drugs in his system.
According to NBCDFW:
Lesley Weaver, a district spokeswoman, said she could not discuss Robertson’s case because of privacy laws. In general, she said, students are not suspended without “multiple indicators” of drug use.
But apparently Ms. Weaver didn't count on Kyler's smart Mom, Cristy Fritz, who provided NBCDFW with the district’s paperwork detailing the case against him.
An office worker claimed to smell marijuana on him, the documents said. The school nurse reported his eyes were bloodshot, he appeared "jittery," and his blood pressure was elevated. The nurse also noted that his behavior and mental state were “normal.”
The district did not find any marijuana, and nobody claimed to see him smoking.
At first administrators "ignored her repeated pleas to reconsider the suspension and that they were mistaking his grief for drug use." Eventually they agreed to shorten the suspension and withdraw the transfer. "But they never apologized."
Here's to parent power and let's hope Kyler's Mom takes these insensitive jerks, who are entrusted with our children's welfare, to court!!!
AND, IF THEY HAVEN'T GOT ENOUGH SENSE TO APOLOGIZE, THEN THEY NEED TO BE FIRED!!!
Principal, Linda Parker, 817-698-5602
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Northwest ISD Board of Trustees
P.O. Box 77070
Fort Worth, TX 76177