Friday, November 23, 2007


When then-seventh-grader Carlton Solomon Jr. threw a lit firecracker into the boys bathroom at school last year, he lost his phone privileges for a month and his father made him wake up at 8 o'clock the next few Saturday mornings to cut the grass.

Carlton, now 13, also was suspended from James Island Middle School for the misbehavior and received a criminal charge. The courts referred him to an arbitration program that required him to write the school a letter of apology, finish 14 hours of community service and take part in a program in which incarcerated youths share their stories to teach others the consequences of juvenile crime.

Read all of Yvonne Wenger's article on schools sending disciplinary matters to court.

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