Eleven students were suspended from Sardis Secondary in Chilliwack Monday after admitting to smoking marijuana on a school trip.
The teens, who were on an overnight soccer trip to Surrey last month when the pot smoking and curfew transgression occurred, admitted to their actions Monday, and were promptly suspended by the school's principal for the rest of the term, CTV News reports.
Twelve students were accused of smoking pot, but one denied taking part and escaped punishment, News 1130 reports. The father of one of the suspended 11, Derrick Middleton, lodged a complaint with the school district that the punishment was heavy-handed, and had his son's suspension revoked after arguing for something more akin to restorative justice.
“Most of them, this is a first offence," he told the broadcaster. "Basically they just threw the book at them.”
District superintendant Evelyn Novak told CBC that following protestations from the parents of those students involved, a review of policy was needed, but that a policy change would not necessarily take place.
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