SPELLING SLIP SNARES STUDENT, September 28, 2010, Daily Press & Argus (Livingston County, MI)
Cory Keir was so proud and excited about designing the yearbook cover for Brighton's Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy for the 2009-2010 school year that he overlooked one thing.
The 17-year-old Hamburg Township boy misspelled his own school's name, calling it "Shockwell" instead of Stockwell.
He figured he would have to apologize for the mistake, along with the teacher who signed off on the cover, and have to do something to make up for it. After all, he maintained, it was an "honest mistake."
Instead, Keir said he was called down to the principal's office, grilled by school administrators and accused of doing it on purpose.
He said he was suspended for 10 days and initially asked to creatively raise $1,000 for the school…
Donna Diment, Keir's mother, said she met with school administrators two times as well as the school board because she felt the punishment was excessive and didn't like how she and her son were treated. If he had taken a knife to school, she said, she could understand a tough punishment, but not for a spelling mistake.
"I just can't let this go," Diment said. "I felt Shelley Stockwell was a bully. I felt bullied, and I felt my son was bullied."
When she couldn't get the issue resolved or the suspension removed from her son's record, she decided to take the issue to the Daily Press & Argus.