by Jaye Sudar
WALSENBURG- The entire senior class of John Mall High School met last Thursday to hammer out an equitable solution to the problems caused by the incident over spring break. Maria de la Cruz met with the students, and they had an amazing work session. She was very proud of how accountable and adult they were. She stated that she had a great deal of respect and admiration for the students for the way they handled the issues.
The solutions that were proposed were based on what would have happened if the police had been brought in on this event. These included a $100 fine which would pay for drug and alcohol education, 24 hours of community service, a presentation to the entire student body about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, letters of apology written to the high school and to CSU, and reimbursement to CSU for the lodging. Many of the students felt this contract was agreeable and signed it. Others wanted their parents to read over the contract first. On Monday, not all of the students had signed the contract.
The students who sign the contract will be allowed to participate in graduation. Further issues may or may not be addressed by the board. So far, the students and the faculty of John Mall have honored what they stated they would do at the board meeting held on April 13. It remains to be seen whether all of the students comply. At press time, the school board was planning a special meeting for Wednesday night at 6:30 pm. The results will be covered next week.