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Oklahoma City middle school principal resigns after large-scale tardiness effort

Adys Regina Altstatt, principal of Jefferson Middle School in Oklahoma City, resigned Friday afternoon after school staff members spent three days rounding up and suspending students who were in the hall after the tardy bell rang.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: April 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm •  Published: April 22, 2013

Altstatt could not be reached for comment.

During a hall sweep on April 15, 54 students who were in the hallway between five and 15 minutes after the bell rang were suspended, pending a parent-administrator conference. This was one of three days of hall sweeps.

The school announced over its intercom system several times that school officials would be in the halls enforcing the tardiness effort, according to the police report.

The suspended students were told in detail they were suspended and that they had to bring their parent or guardian with them to meet with an administrator before they returned to school, according to a police report.

If they came to school without first having the parent-administrator conference, they could face a $1,000 fine for trespassing.

On April 16, four of the suspended students came back to school and were then arrested on charges of trespassing, according to the report.

One student told police he didn't know he was suspended. Another boy said his guardian told him to go to school anyway because his guardian would send his case worker to clear up the situation.

Another boy told officers he was too scared to tell his parents and that he didn't actually believe he would be arrested. The fourth boy said he forgot he was suspended.

“It should be noted that all of them signed their paperwork with their name and student number agreeing to the suspension,” the report noted.

The boys were transported from the school to a community intervention center for juveniles who have been arrested.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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