FNL Members and Supporters Challenge Administration, Will Protest on Friday
The club and supporters will gather at the Board of Education on Friday afternoon
Current Friday Night Live (FNL) club members have reacted with dismay and skepticism to punishments meted out and to a district statement. The group has a protest planned for Friday, 1:30 p.m., at the Board of Education building on Academy Street.
A number of members of the sketch comedy club have received detentions, according to both students and parents. At least two students, say club members, also find their prom privileges revoked. The Columbia High School prom is Monday night. Some students say that they don't know exactly where they stepped over the line.
A junior, who faces a day-long Saturday detention, explains, that she requested a meeting with a Columbia High School dean after she received a phone call at home informing her of the “Super Saturday” detention. She had not, said the junior, been informed of what rule she had broken. “At this meeting,” explains the student, “[the dean] told me that I was in violation of article 1b on page 24 of the Columbia Student Handbook that cites ‘Open defiance of authority of any teacher or person having authority over him’.”
The same student asked who issued the punishments. She was told “that the order for my detention was issued by ‘administration’ and then wasn’t able to provide me with any names or contact info of the ‘administration’ who has punished me.”
A second FNL member noted the challenge of learning who in the school or district administration cancelled the Saturday performance.
He charges, “Besides our advisors, who approved the sketch, no administrator was present at any of the performances, or at any practice. Secondly, no administrators, nor any of the offended parties, read the script for the sketch that caused this debacle. So, I don't know how they could have firsthand knowledge of what we said or did in the sketch, without seeing it for themselves.”
The district is prevented from discussing the specifics consequences of specific student behavior. The district released a statement earlier this week.
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