So my good friend got sent to San Diego to live with his dad because he wasn't succeeding in the Vermont school system and his mom was sick of dealing with it. On the second day there he gives me a call telling me about how unbelievably strict they were - they can search your pockets, backpack, even your car for no reason at all. Possession of a lighter is grounds for a week suspension... shit is rough.
So he's doing really well, getting straight A's for the first time, doing his homework, all that. He goes out on one of his lunch breaks to smoke a cigarette with these three girls and they start smoking pot and ask him if he wants some. He told them no, that he had no problem with it after school but he didn't want to fuck up his second chance at high school by doing it on school property. They finish and ask him to bum them another bowl because they were out, so he gives them a hit each, finishes his cigarette and starts heading in.
Right then a teacher busts out and gets super pissed, telling my friend to wait in the office. He stops by the bathroom on the way and flushes all his shit to be safe, and goes to the office. The teacher tells him that a cigarette is a five day suspension, but because he's from VT and "they might have different lifestyles there" he'd cut it to two days. Chill. My friend exits. The girls come in and apparently claim they had nothing to do with it and they were just smoking cigarettes when he came out and broke out marijuana. Three of them, one of my friend, he's from out-of-state... my friend got expelled from the high school and every other high school in San Diego (over 100 of the them) on the spot and they got off with a week suspension for the cigarettes. I mean I'm stoked because it means my friend is coming back to VT, but what the FUCK?
San Diego is supposedly the third best school system in the nation, seems to me because they value that little record higher than the success of their students. Jesus.