Mother says her son was expelled from Siegel High School under the "Zero Tolence" rules for drugs, but in reality he was sick

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The mother of a 15-year old Siegel High School student is upset with the Rutherford County School system and Siegel High for expelling her son for a full year. Patience Humphrey told News Radio WGNS (45-sec)...

County Schools spokesperson James Evans told us that the student could not walk or talk and he could not maintain consciousness prior to her picking her son up.


The SRO searched the students backpack and locker, but could not find any drugs, according to Humphrey. When she left, she took her teenager home to sleep and said he woke up the same way the following morning (14-sec)...


Humphrey appealed the suspension on Wednesday, but the results were not what she wanted to hear (32-sec)...

Spokesperson James Evans told WGNS that the mother would not provide the schools with the documentation from the doctor visit that she claims to have in her possession. Evans did state that the mother has another opportunity to further appeal the matter.

James Evans wrote:

"As for zero tolerance offenses, we do not expel students for possession of their own medication. It is only a zero tolerance offense if a student has unlawful prescription medication (meaning it is not their own) or illegal drugs (such as marijuana). A student does not have to be taking the medication for it to be a zero tolerance offense. Possession of unlawful prescription medication would also qualify. Again, unlawful prescription medication means a student possesses prescription medication that has not been prescribed to them. A student may also be expelled if there is reason to believe the student is under the influence of an illicit substance while at school."

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