Defender of gay student won’t be expelled

life lesson: what's right and what's permitted doesn't always matchA Florida high school student was suspended, but not expelled, for defending a gay classmate who was being attacked in the cafeteria.

Mark Betterson’s 10-day suspension was reduced to two days after a disciplinary hearing. When James Griffin swung at the football player, he fought back, breaking “zero tolerance” rules. He says he’d do it again, if necessary.

Griffin was arrested for battery for punching Jonathan Colon in the face and head.

“I think it’s a good punishment as substitution for expulsion, but (Betterson) shouldn’t even have been considered for expulsion for what he did,” said sophomore Cody Lesie.

“I think it’s horrible because he got suspended for doing something right,” said sophomore Kyle Piogrim.

No kidding.

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  1. “Despite claims of good intentions on Betterson’s part for jumping to the student’s defense, the principal reminded students rules were broken.”
    Perhaps the police behavior when Kris Kime ( was attacked is the model the school wishes the students to follow.

  2. Jerry Doctor says:

    It is the policy of my former school district that all students participating in a fight be suspended too. There is, however, an exception.

    Suppose Bob walks up to Tom during the passing period and without warning strikes him. Tom defends himself. Since he was a participant in a fight he is suspended. Bob, the student that started the fight, has been designated as a BD student (behavior disorder). He CANNOT be suspended.

    • I understand that this is a common policy. But the logical implication is that the school wishes the students to watch a kid be beaten up rather than intervene. And that the school considers defending another student who is being assaulted to be wrong. This is sad on so many levels …

  3. Once again, school administrators prove themselves to be brainless pigs.