A young girl was suspended for half of the 2014 school year due to some writings discovered inside her personal journal. Now despite the cannabis related topics that were the catalyst of the suspension, the fact that her personal journal was open to reproach by the school district should not sit well with those aware of American’s slowly diminishing First Amendment rights. Even though she is a child, there must be some justified reason or concern to breach ones personal information, minor or not. This was not the case.
Krystal had left her journal at school by accident and had thought it lost. It was discovered by school officials who then made the unilateral decision to investigate the personal contents within. This is where multiple accounts of marijuana use and discussion were found. Krystal was originally placed on a 10 day suspension and later told that she was out for the rest of the year. Until now, she had been a model student and never found herself in any trouble. Due to this suspension her grades plummeted and she lost out on credits needed for graduation. Krystal’s father, Tom Grayhorse, was understandably outraged. Later that outrage turned into hostility when he discovered that her disciplinary papers indicated that she had been suspended for “possession of a controlled substance,” even though she was guilty of nothing more than expressing her written interest in one of the largest political topics of today.
The high school has never allowed Grayhorse to read the contents of his own daughter’s notebook. That alone should awaken suspicion of this delicate and poorly handled fiasco without the misrepresented disciplinary papers claiming possession of a substance that was non-existent. The long-term effects of actual possession charges versus a simple journalistic endeavor cannot be overstated. These overzealous claims could be extremely detrimental to Krystal’s college and adult future. Grayhorse believes that whatever is scribbled on those pages is nothing more than the mind of a creative teenager at work. “She does write fiction stories. She likes to write,” he said. “It could have been part of a story.”
The American people have recently had their eyes opened as age-old lies are being uncovered. Americans find themselves in a time where those they once sought protection from are being revealed as those who have deceived. It is unsettling to say the least. Marijuana is being proven by multiple reputable institutions to be less harmful for the human body than caffeine and in many cases beneficial. With that being said, the actions taken at this school strike many as downright ridiculous.
Your average high school has a policy of a three-day suspension for anyone involved in an on-campus fight. A child who makes the conscious decision to strike another student is sent home for three days. Krystal was sent home for the rest of the year, for writing in her journal. This hypocrisy could be out of fear of the unknown, personal bias or simple ignorance. No matter what the logic behind this absurd activity, irrational action toward cannabis at this point can no longer be tolerated. Is this administrative policy, or one school’s personal, archaic and backwater vendetta for a substance that will be soon be seen for what it truly is: The Cure.