Better East Texas: Awareness of rules, good conduct important this school year

(KLTV/KTRE) - There are a lot of ways to get in trouble at school. This time of year, high school students are expected to review and commit to a code of conduct that applies to their campus. The booklets range in size from Tyler and Longview's being around 30 pages with Nacogdoches coming in at 40 pages and Lufkin at more than 60 pages.

Like I said, lots of ways to get in trouble. Related to this is a story we aired recently about a student in Indiana that recorded a fight at her school on her cell phone. It was also shown on Facebook Live. Recording a fight is against the school policy and the student was suspended. She and her mother thought she was doing a good thing, but the recording was a violation.

You can see both sides of this, so it is critical that your student knows what is allowed and what isn't. Recording a fight is not allowed in any of the districts I just mentioned. There are, again, many ways to get into trouble, though we don't report on most of them, but if this year is anything like last year, there will be a lot of phoned-in threats against schools. Most are false alarms but must be investigated, and the punishment for such actions is very severe.

So again, respect for rules and expected conduct and a little common sense will save many from a headache or worse. Our students must be able to focus on learning and not the latest social media post or scandal, and that will make for a Better East Texas.

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