By Oscar Perez, 13, San Diego, CA. Media Arts Center San Diego.
On a recent Friday night I interviewed Jose Lara about his suspension from our school for reasons neither of us understood.
Jose Lara,14, a freshman at Vallhalla High school in San Diego.
What is your name, age, and what city do you live in?
My Name is Jose Lara. I am 14, and live in San Diego.
Why where you suspended?
I was suspended for ditching school.
Have you been suspended since then?
Did being suspended affect the way you were in and outside of school?
Yes, because I couldn’t do anything but clean [the house].
How was your behavior and grades before that?
Good, I had B’s and A’s.
Did you feel like you where falling behind in school after that suspension?
Yes because as soon as I got to school I felt lost.
In what way could the problem have been resolved?
By spending more time at school so I wouldn’t fall behind.
Why do you think that this punishment was unfair?
Because I wasn’t in a fight, or doing drugs. I didn’t miss any classes or anything.
What are your final thoughts on this topic?
I think suspension should be for people that did something wrong.