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Comments Suspenion can be defined as a punishment for breaking rules or not following directions. In my previous entry I expressed to you, in as many ways as possible, that I should not be subject to this punishment. I am aware that suspension is a punishment for engaging in a fight, but there is no reward for following rules and maintaining your position. Yet, there is a lighter and more gentle punishment for the one who admits that he or she started the fight, that the second person did not know of them or say anything to them, or that he or she left their designated area of the classroom to approach the targeted victim. Today, I am not here to argue whether or not I started the fight nor, whether or not I broke any rules. These crimes have been confessed to by the other young man. These crimes were also confessed to in front of Mr.

Kenipcamp, Officer Wallace, and I. I have heard from a second side of the story that I threw punches at the student and that is why I was suspended. There is a question for every answer. Why were the girls who witnessed the fight up-close told to be quiet and leave, as if their testimonies were not valid. Not one time, but twice. They were urged to be quiet and leave in the study hall building as well as the office. Yet and still, the testimonies from other students were believed to be true. I would also like to add the fact that the girls who witnessed this were on the young man's side of the room. Therefore, their accounts of the story should be highly considered before someone else's account which was probably discussed over lunch with another student before giving it to the person who investigated this incident.* I only admit to tusseling with the student in order to achieve freedom from their grips. If that is a crime, then I am guilty as charged. If it is not a crime, then I am as innocent now as I was then. My point is this, with 4 security guards, thousands of school students and somewhat close to at least a 100 classrooms, anyone can clearly see how hard it is to keep and eye on everyone and be on the lookout for trouble. If I cannot save myself, then who can? If I cannot get someone, who admittedly started a fight with me, off of me, then I am under the impression that their is no such thing as self-defense and nobody is safe or will be treated fairly at school. I have appealed my suspension because I have heard several times and I believe that Mr. Raines is a fair man and will not tolerate nor condone unruly and violent behavior. This is the person that I have voluntarily come to hear from and be judged by today. Those who want to get an education do not look forward to nor support violence and fighting in the school atmosphere. A student who acts in such a way and has been in the school assumingly since a freshman year should have a keen knowledge of the the rules and consequences. Expectantly so, this student is aware that fighting in or on school property is a violation of the rules and is punishable by suspension. Yet, this student did not hesitate to ignite the fire that would burn him. I must strongly conclude that this student is not concerned with school or gaining knowledge, but is infactuated with the unruly and violent behavior that the shool and it's officials are against. Whereas, I did not approach him, provoke him, or harm him in anyway. I did not engage in those actions because I, like him for a change, knew the consequences of those actions. Expectantly so, I stood in my designated area and did not advance in his direction but jumped back instead. Excuse me for protecting myself but it seems to be a natural and justifiable reaction when being attacked and especially while being attacked by a total stranger. I thank you for listening to my account of this event and I hope that you will judge me in all fairness of this unfortunate incident.