Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

April 30, 2014

Unit 40 discipline, new policy disputed

A couple claiming Unit 40's discipline policy is too strict also questioned a proposed handbook change that would allow school officials to view a student's social media profile.

Dave Campbell believes the number of suspensions at the high school is high.

“The concerning numbers are the amount of suspensions and that is what brought me here in the first place,” said Campbell. “I've talked to several parents, and they all feel the same way. The rules are a little aggressive, not a little aggressive, a lot aggressive in the manner they treat the kids in the high school.”

Campbell filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records pertaining to the number of student suspensions. Although the records provided by the district showed a fluctuation in the number of suspensions, it did show an overall decrease in the past decade.

Peggy Campbell said she doesn't approve of the style of discipline her son and others have received at the school.

“I have trouble with the way they are handling kids,” said Peggy Campbell. “They are raising a school full of robots with the amount of rules and how quickly they suspend kids.”

Peggy Campbell openly referred to her son, who was suspended recently.Campbell said her son was suspended after he allegedly stared in an intimidating fashion at a teacher when told to leave the lunch room. Another transgression, she said, included a teacher observing him taking an indirect route from his school to his job, to which she questioned why the school felt the need to monitor her 17-year-old son's actions after he was checked out of school by a parent.

Because of student privacy, Effingham High School Principal Jason Fox said he doesn't comment on specific situations related to student discipline.

“We have rules at the high school that have to be followed,” said Superintendent Mark Doan after Monday's meeting. “Beyond that, I'm not going to comment.”

Text Only
Local News
  • McCarter.jpg Some lawmakers donate pay

    Illinois lawmakers restoring their pay after years of furlough days has prompted some state representatives to give back to their communities — a move some local lawmakers call a political one.

    July 27, 2014 3 Photos

  • Distance learning catching on in area

    In what appears to be a growing trend among rural school districts, a third area school district may join an existing academic cooperative.

    July 27, 2014

  • Joshua Robison.jpg Opinion: God doesn't care about party affiliation

    Reflecting on what we politely refer to in this country as “political discourse,” I am often struck by how convinced many people seem to be that their sides' specific policies and personalities are the only way to save us all from utter ruin.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ron W.jpg Opinion: Column break just that -- a break

    ‘Hey, Ron. You didn’t have a column this week. What’s the deal? It’s the reason I buy a paper on Thursdays.”

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Isom.jpg Opinion: It's about time

    Finally, someone else speaks up and it’s about time.
    I applaud Ron Worman and welcome him to take a seat on my bandwagon. His addressing the proliferation of signs of every description, virtually everywhere one looks, is a welcome additional voice — even though rare.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Feds: Effingham County was meeting place for underage sex tryst

    An Ohio man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he traveled out of state to meet an underage person in Effingham County for sexual activity.

    July 25, 2014

  • Jail inmate attempts suicide

    An unscheduled cell check is credited for saving the life of an Effingham County Jail inmate who tried to hang himself early Thursday morning.

    July 25, 2014

  • Woman injured in Farina collision

    An accident on Washington Street sent one driver to the hospital Thursday.

    July 25, 2014

  • Driver crashes after being forced off road

    A driver crashed after being run off the road by a semi on Interstate 70.

    July 25, 2014

  • Rollover on I-70 sends one to hospital

    An accident on Interstate-70 sent one traveler to the hospital.

    July 25, 2014

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.