|Drug & Bullying Policy
of the Arts is one of the safest schools in the nation. With a student
population of 1100 and small class sizes, our school keeps a close watch
on our students, particularly when it comes to inappropriate or
threatening behavior (bullying) and the use of drugs.
EVERY CHILD HAS THE RIGHT TO A SAFE AND SECURE LEARNING
ENVIRONMENT. G-STAR IS UNEQUIVOCALLY COMMITTED TO PROVIDING SAFETY AND
SECURITY FOR OUR STUDENTS.
The moment drug use or bullying is reported we bring the
alleged offender(s) and witnesses to the office for a full
investigation. If the offense is verified at the end of the
investigation, it is entered into the student’s record and becomes
The seriousness of even the most mild or casual drug use
cannot be excused away by old paradigms. Today, there are violent gangs
in Palm Beach County who deal in drugs being sold to teenagers.
G-Star School of the Arts is gang-free, but drug users
bring the menace of gang activity and physical danger to any school.
Innocent bystanders are at risk equally as are the drug users
themselves. For this reason, G-Star does
not tolerate any drug use of any kind on or off campus.
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in
The State of New Jersey vs. T.L.O. (1985) decision that every school
in the nation has the right of loco parentis, meaning once a
parent drops off a student at school (or from the time the student steps
on a school bus) the school assumes certain parental rights. These
parental rights are granted “to provide a safe learning environment” for
the students. The students relinquish certain 4th Amendment
rights. For example, if a parent suspects their child is using drugs
and searches their child’s room, the child does not have to be read
their Miranda Rights, is not entitled to one phone call, and is not
entitled to have a lawyer present. These rights are waived at school
also. A student does not have to be “caught” or “observed” doing a
crime. A suspicion of drug use by the school or the naming of a student
as a drug user by another student, even an anonymous report, warrants
the search of the student’s possessions and the administration
of a drug test given at school without notification to the parent.
When a student is brought into the office for a suspected
drug offense, a search is conducted. The student is not touched and
they are not “patted down”. In front of two Administrators or teachers
they are instructed to empty their pockets and take off their shoes.
They bang their shoes upside-down and then put them back on. Their book
bag and/or purse is searched. They are administered a noninvasive drug
test. Cell phones that take pictures are illegal in Palm Beach County
schools. If they have one, it is confiscated and with the student’s
permission the pictures on the phone are viewed. If physical evidence
of drug use (illegal drugs of any kind) is discovered, the Palm Springs
Police Department is called and the student is arrested. In serious
cases such as this the student is suspended, and then the student is
automatically dismissed from the school.
In cases where there are no physical drugs present, but
there are indications of drug use such as drug paraphernalia, positive
drug test or pictures on the cell phone indicating drug use, G-Star may
require the dismissal of the student from the school or remedies such as
random or regularly scheduled drug testing at the parent’s expense. If
a student subsequently fails a second drug test he or she will be
dismissed from the school.
Remedies for drug use available to the
Remedies for drug use in the school are available. These
include, but not limited to: the use of trained dogs from the K-9
Unit of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and the registering
of a Sheriff’s undercover narcotics agent as a student in the
school, which has been done at other Palm Beach County School District
In the case of bullying, to be fair, we interview the
witnesses on both sides of the issue separately and then compare the
information knowing that there are always two sides to every story.
If punishment is evident, the offending party is punished
in accordance with, but not limited to, the School District Discipline
Policy, which can include suspension or expulsion, and other remedies
governed by the School District Discipline Matrix.
If the offense is a low level threat, G-Star will enact
mediation to resolve the issue between the students. If the issue is
resolved, we monitor the behavior of both parties to make sure the
resolution is permanent. In most cases, our experience has been the
students become good friends again.
If the incident is serious, including bodily harm, and
the witnesses concur, we call the Palm Springs Police Department. They
step in and perform their own investigation. Once the police are
involved, G-Star is no longer in charge and we comply with their
findings and directions. Serious bullying may result in criminal
charges against the perpetrator. In serious cases, the student is
suspended and is automatically dismissed from the school.
Dismissal Policy regarding bullying and
At the discretion of the G-Star Administration, a student
may be dismissed from the school for any violation of the school’s zero
tolerance Drug & Bullying Policy any time during the school year.
G-Star is a school of
Choice; therefore, at the discretion of the G-Star Administration, a
student may not be invited back (dismissed) for the following school
year for any violation of the school’s zero tolerance Drug & Bullying
Policy regardless of the disciplinary action taken during the school