• Kissing on School Bus Results in Expulsion

    Date: 01.30.08 | by Judge Tom.

    In October, 2007, a security camera caught two Blythewood High School students kissing on the school bus in South Carolina. Junior Dominique Goyner and his girlfriend were expelled for the remainder of the school year.

    Reportedly the buss on the bus lasted for about two minutes. The discipline was based on violating the school’s rule prohibiting sexual behavior.  The school district stands by its decision stating that “a simple kiss does not constitute sexual misconduct. . . . he knows he was doing more than kissing.”

    Photo by Svadilfari (Flickr)

    Dominique had no history of infractions at school and several awards for his performance in ROTC. He hopes to have the expulsion set aside and is concerned about it stopping him from attending a military academy when he graduates. He is now being home-schooled and is challenging the expulsion. There is no information available about his girlfriend except that she also has a lawyer representing her. Dominique’s lawyer was quoted saying that “What we have here, in my opinion, is an overzealous enforcement of a rule.”

    How do you feel about displays of affection on campus or at school events? Where do you draw the line to decide what’s appropriate and what’s acceptable? Should schools be concerned about this displays of intimacy on campus?

    For a similar incident take a look at: http://askthejudge.info/detention-for-hugging/161/

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Anthony
      Thu, 31 Jan 2008 at 08:19

      I actually wrote a column about this. It is too extreme to expel two teens for doing what they normally do. It wasn’t as if they did anything more then just kissing. And what’s really bad is that the boy is concerned that he won’t be able to attend military school because of this.

      You can read my column at: timesobserver.blogspot.com

      Judge Tom’s response:
      Anthony, thanks for your comment. Reportedly the kissing lasted around two minutes, so we don’t know for sure the extent of the embrace. We trust that the school board viewed the tape before taking action. If a lawsuit is filed the court will decide the legality of the expulsion.

    • glyne
      Thu, 12 May 2011 at 10:41

      this is a special way to learn from your mistakes.

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