Our JRB had two boys who were referred for making threatening phone calls to another student in December while on a bus coming back from a school sponsored event. The two boys and the victim are scheduled to go on another school trip next month to Washington D.C. As a JRB, can we say that the boys canít go on this trip as a consequence of their actions? Do we have that power to make a decision about a school trip?Since everything the JRB does is voluntary and by agreement of the family, the JRB could impose such a restriction as a diversion, but I would question the wisdom of such a restriction. If it were imposed, and the kids or the parents disagreed, like any other recommendation that wasn't agreed to, they wouldn't sign the contract and the JRB could decide to recommend that the case be referred to court.
The more basic question however is why the JRB would not want the kids to go on the trip. The kids are apparently in school together every day, so what would be the benefit to telling the boys they can't go on the trip? Would it be to punish them? If that were the case, their parents could do that. If it was to protect the victim, again they are in school together all the time and they could harass the other student there or call and harass them outside of school any time they wanted.
If the behavior has not been repeated since the incident, and there has been ample opportunity to do so, I'm not sure stopping them from going on the trip several months later would really accomplish anything meaningful.
Also, assuming the police notified the school of the arrest (the police are required to notify the superintendent of the arrest of any enrolled student for a class A misdemeanor or a felony), then the school could restrict the boys charged with threatening from going on the trip if they thought that was appropriate and necessary.
Another consideration would be, if the school thought there are problems on the bus with the kids "pranking" during the trip, they could collect the kid's phones when the kids board the bus and return them when they depart. Of course I don't know what the kids would do if they weren't "connected" to their phones for even ten minutes! If the school did that, I would hope they would be discreet when giving a reason for such action so that it didn't make the victim in this case feel responsible for everyone losing their phone privileges while riding the bus.
I think the school trip is a school function and who goes and who does not should be up to the school and the parents to decide. I don't think the JRB should be involved in that decision. Also, the value to the kids of going on the trip and learning whatever they will learn by going to Washington DC would probably outweigh any value that would come from keeping the boys home. It will also give the boys an opportunity to show that they learned from the experience, if that is the case.
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