Originally Posted by MR TWISTER
"The issue is, where does school authority to discipline end, and where does the parent's authority take over?"
That is actually right on the money. There is lots of caselaw on the subject. That authority does not end at the permiter of the school grounds, but it does not extend everywhere. If we were talking about academics (a fundamental right) that authority does not extend as far. But athletics are considered a privilege, and not a right. Because of the that, the courts have traditionaly allowed schools more lattitude. Thus, school discipline for incidents of drinking, smoking, drugs, etc. not on school grounds (or even being present where others were doing those things) have been allowed when it comes to athletics, but not for academics. A kid can be declared ineligible for sports, but he can not be expelled (or even suspended) for the conduct if it occurs off school grounds. That is basically what the Illinois caselaw says. In fact, there have been incidents of pictures posted on Myspace
that have led to termination of the privilege to participate in sports. You might not like it or agree with it, but that is the well-established law in Illinois (and other states as I understand it). Lockport school district could choose to loosen up or suspend its rules, but if the district decides to stick to its guns, I am afraid that Luke is done for his high school career.