Watch: Massena Mother Unhappy With Son's Suspension
The biological mother of a Massena high school student says a six month suspension from school for drug use is "too harsh."
Rebecca Trimm told 7 News reporter John Friot that her son was one of several students who were caught on October 29 after allegedly taking the prescription drug Xanax in school.
"That's terrible to throw him out for six months. I think it's too harsh," Trimm said.
School officials declined to discuss the specific punishments handed out. However, interim school superintendent William Crist told Friot the district acted well within its code of conduct, based on the evidence it had.
Trimm - who claims legal custody of her 17 year old son though he does not live with her - said the punishment is not only too harsh, it won't work.
"Why not take corrective measures," she said, "Instead of throwing him out of school and let him be out all day long to run the streets, and doing whatever."
To see, hear from Rebecca, click on the picture to watch John Friot's story.
Saturday, October 22, 2016, Watertown, NY
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