Parental notifications under review - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2012

Lawmakers propose strengthening parental notification policy

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

State lawmakers say a high schooler's life might have been saved if the school he attended did a better job of talking with his parents. Now, they're pushing bills that would keep parents in the loop, like never before.

If a student gets in serious trouble at school...there's no law that says parents have to be notified prior to a school's disciplinary investigation. A lot of schools make the notification, anyway, but lawmakers say they're working to avoid what happened to a young man named Nick Stuban. 

At the age of 15, Stuban committed suicide. In late 2010, he was caught buying synthetic marijuana at his northern Virginia school. Weeks of questioning by school administrators followed. They recommended he be expelled. In the early stages of that investigation, his father, Steve, had little idea what was going on. 

"This is wrong. And it must be corrected," said Steve. 

Steve Stuban says the investigation contributed to his son's suicide. So now, he's joining state lawmakers in support of four bills that would require immediate parental notification if a student gets in serious trouble. 

Delegate Kaye Kory is one of the sponsors. 

"The storm has now resulted in all of us here," Kory (D-Fairfax) said. 

Critics say the bills would create an undue burden on school districts...which, currently, are left to their own discretion when it comes to notifying parents. 

Supporters, including Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), say the bills create stronger partners. 

"When we have a situation that could be a life changing event for a young person, that the parents are engaged immediately by the school system," he said. 

Lawmakers have tried these types of bills before and failed. The difference now, they say, is the experience of a father who lost his son. 

"Would it have made a significant difference in terms of our son's case? I think my early participation might have been able to…I can't even put into words how I feel about this," said Steve, holding back emotion.

Locally, Henrico and Chesterfield schools tell us that administrators are instructed to call parents for all disciplinary actions. When and how that notification takes place depends on the severity of the incident in question. A spokesperson for Richmond Public Schools did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The bills put forth this year would create a standard policy for all Virginia public schools. 

The bills will be debated in small committees this week. We'll keep you posted if they make it to a vote in the full House and Senate. 

Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown

    Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown

    Saturday, April 29 2017 10:10 AM EDT2017-04-29 14:10:00 GMT
    Saturday, April 29 2017 10:10 AM EDT2017-04-29 14:10:00 GMT

    President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year.

    More >>

    President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year.

    More >>
  • Bicyclist dies after being hit by car in Richmond's southside

    Bicyclist dies after being hit by car in Richmond's southside

    Saturday, April 29 2017 9:42 AM EDT2017-04-29 13:42:20 GMT
    Police say a man has died, after being struck by a car, while he was riding a bicycle in Richmond's southside. It happened just after 10:30 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Hopkins Road. Officers say when they arrived at the scene, the bicyclist was already dead. We're still working to learn if the driver is facing any charges. Stay with NBC 12 for updates. Copyright 2017 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved Report an Error or Submit a Tip to NBC12 More >>
    Police say a man has died, after being struck by a car, while he was riding a bicycle in Richmond's southside. It happened just after 10:30 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Hopkins Road. Officers say when they arrived at the scene, the bicyclist was already dead. We're still working to learn if the driver is facing any charges. Stay with NBC 12 for updates. Copyright 2017 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved Report an Error or Submit a Tip to NBC12 More >>
  • Richmond rally Saturday to unite families with missing loved ones

    Richmond rally Saturday to unite families with missing loved ones

    Friday, April 28 2017 10:48 PM EDT2017-04-29 02:48:46 GMT
    Saturday, the state of Virginia will pause to reflect on those who have gone missing -- and for the first time, an event will be held in Richmond to support families who are impacted. (Source: NBC 12)Saturday, the state of Virginia will pause to reflect on those who have gone missing -- and for the first time, an event will be held in Richmond to support families who are impacted. (Source: NBC 12)

    Saturday, the state of Virginia will pause to reflect on those who have gone missing -- and for the first time, an event will be held in Richmond to support families who are impacted. One of the most memorable cases in our area happened not even a year ago when 21-year-old Keeshae Jacobs disappeared. The case has left police at a standstill. The missing woman's mother says this is a perfect opportunity to unite others who share her pain and turn it into purpose - by gathering Saturda...

    More >>

    Saturday, the state of Virginia will pause to reflect on those who have gone missing -- and for the first time, an event will be held in Richmond to support families who are impacted. One of the most memorable cases in our area happened not even a year ago when 21-year-old Keeshae Jacobs disappeared. The case has left police at a standstill. The missing woman's mother says this is a perfect opportunity to unite others who share her pain and turn it into purpose - by gathering Saturda...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly