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Ontario Teen Expelled for Short Story

February 4th, 2008     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

The Globe and Mail reports that a 17-year-old Ontario teenager was expelled after submitting a work of fiction “about a disgruntled student who murders one of her teachers:”

Brendan Jones, a Grade 12 student at Heart Lake Secondary School northwest of Toronto, was expelled last week, leaving him facing an uncertain future. Brendan is just three credits shy of graduating from high school and was hoping to study criminology at university next fall. But it is not at all clear whether he will be able to transfer to another high school in the province.

Brendan’s father, Ron Jones, conceded in an interview yesterday that the essay, written as part of a final exam, was inappropriate, but he accused school officials of overreacting.

“This is not like a threatening letter,” Mr. Jones said. “This is an exam that they were told to write. Was it a bad topic? Yeah, probably. But I don’t think it’s of a nature that should be terminating a student’s career.”

Via Quill and Quire

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