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  • Senior prank lands 'Calico Crazy 8' in hot water

    The Baxter Bulletin reports that eight Calico Rock students have been suspended, banned from the prom and more for using a key to enter the school at night and move desks and chairs from a classroom to a hallway. Of course there's a Facebook page in support of the Calico Crazy 8.
    • Apr 21, 2014
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Re: “Senior prank lands 'Calico Crazy 8' in hot water

Suspensions and Disciplinary Action :
PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THIS... I am begging you and any reporter that can get this out to all schools. This is important that all newspapers, radio stations, bloggers, moms, dads & students understand what all of this about... This is gone past the Calico Crazy 8. This is why I had ask some of my family, friends and even those I don't know to help this Calico Crazy 8 thing aware of. I know that many states are in a really bad situation & no one is trying to take any help they can get but even they would want this to be made public for their students.
With this said, if only one child from 7-12th grade can say that they have not been told by any faculty member, school staff about what really happens when you do anything as they have done then the crime that these kids did isn't even worth the punishment.. It's not the parents responsibility to teach these rules & regulations to the students, it's the school's responsibility. If that hasn't been done in Calico Rock School or any school then it has to be done, now, today before any other student is affected with anything like this. All the students need to be taught repercussions that go with any kind of prank or any kind of misbehavior. This is serious people, if one teacher would honestly admit that this could happen then that's one too many.. This incident has possibly cost 7 students a lot of problems that I know that had any of them been told this is what could happen, none of the would have happened. For those of you that say, (The students were told last year that the Senior Yearly Pranks had to stop) well maybe if someone would also took the time to say why it was so important to stop. Maybe in this case, Ms Cook didn't even know herself. If she did and did not state that when the new rule was made then she as much as responsible as they are and needs to step up to the plate and stop the punishment, spend the rest of the year in making sure that all the students know and start over next year... This is not meant to put her down in anyway. This is to try & keep this from EVER happening again in any school... Make sure this is written in every school handbook and talked about just like all the time.. I personally would get out my Cricket & make lots of copies and put in lots of school rooms. But then that's just me... Thanks for reading this if you did, and if you did please pass it on to anyone you know...
TO ANSWER WHY I AM SO INVOLVED in getting this message to everyone in every State is this... I have friends and family in school, they do need to understand what can happen even with an no harm intended prank. Maybe the Principal and Faculty Members of all school should take a second to read this...
WELCOME TO THE COLLEGE Roundtable at College Confidential. We pose challenging questions to top college admissions experts - college admissions officers, college counselors, and others. We think you'll enjoy the thought-provoking discussion that follows. In this installment, our experts speak out on,
Suspensions and Disciplinary Action
Among the many questions that fill the College Confidential "Ask the Dean" mailbox, there is one that shows up most often. Although the queries take different forms and focus on varied situations, the concerns behind them are much the same: "Help! I have a suspension or disciplinary action on my high school transcript. How will that affect my college-admission outcomes?"
In fact, this question is asked so frequently that, after our "Dean" had answered it for the gazillionth time (and you'll see one of those replies, below), we contacted real admission deans to find out how their colleges deal with the issue. As you read their responses, you'll see that there is life after screw-ups, even for elite-college aspirants, but that honesty about an infraction-and the lessons learned from it-is always the best policy. -Sally Rubenstone
Read our Roundtable Experts' comments:
Nanette Tarbouni WUSTLNanette H. Tarbouni, Director of Admissions, Washington University in St. Louis
To answer "yes" or not to the question regarding an incident of disciplinary action, suspension, expulsion or conviction of a crime is never easy for a college applicant to do. None of us likes to be reminded of our mistakes.
It is, however, one of the most important areas of honest communication in the entire application...
Read more Suspension comments from Nanette H. Tarbouni

Pamela Horne MSUPamela T. Horne, Assistant to the Provost for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions, Michigan State University
I've handled "discipline and crime" questions at two different Big Ten universities, and here is how I advise applicants and their parents who are facing this issue now... Students and parents should be told that the student must be honest in responding to all questions on a given application. Our question is worded "have you ever..." which means that we do expect a "yes" response even for "expunged" suspensions...

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