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2.23.2004

Sixth-grader suspended for bringing swimsuit issue to school 

From espn.com:



12-year-old student at a Belpre, W.Va., school apparently has been suspended for bringing a copy of Sports Illustrated to school.

Of course, it wasn't just any old edition of the magazine.

Sixth-grader Justin Reyes was suspended for three days for bringing Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition to his public school, Pittsburgh TV station WPXI reported on its Web site on Monday.

Belpre City School District officials said sexually suggestive material is not allowed on school property.

"You saw bad stuff on the Super Bowl halftime show," Justin said. "You could see more on that than in [the magazine]."

A teacher confiscated the magazine and officials recommended Justin spend time at an alternative school. His mother, Nicole, refused, adding that she's outraged the school district considers the magazine to school a delinquent act, WPXI reported.

"That is not sexual harassment. I doubt my 12-year-old is the only one looking at Sports Illustrated," she was quoted as saying.



Suspending the kid from school is merely a draconian punishment. But saying that he should "spend time at an alternative school"...what the hell is that? Is this kid some sort of budding sexual predator who needs to be thoroughly re-educated and reformed?

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