of schoolhouse needs less of the jailhouse; and this follow-up story–Students
protest school ‘racism’ over cap incident at Saguaro High.
SCOTTSDALE – Saguaro High School junior Marlon Morgan will be back in school
today after Scottsdale school officials Monday night cut short his suspension.
The Scottsdale Unified School District is also planning to investigate whether
school officials and a police officer acted appropriately when the
17-year-old was arrested at school after he refused to turn his baseball hat
from the side to the front.
up parents. Schools are applying the student dress code to adults when they are
on campus. See, e.g., School
Dislikes Parent’s Hair Coloring. That means if you wear your hat sideways,
you should be prepared to adjust it or be arrested!
"I think it’s important that we look into this and find out what we need to
know and move forward," district spokesman Tom Herrmann said.
Morgan’s original three-day suspension for the March 5 incident began
Monday, the day students returned from spring break.
The teen’s mother, Bobbie Morgan, said she talked to school principals early
Monday in hopes of getting her son back in school immediately. She said she
was told he could return but would have to spend half his lunch hour cleaning
the cafeteria for 10 days.
She declined. "Hasn’t he suffered enough?" she asked.
right. In fact, if it were my child, I’d tell the district he wouldn’t be
returning to school until two days after the suspension had run because he would
be visiting a psychologist about his anguish over being suspended for 3 days for
wearing his hat sideways!
Later Monday she, Morgan, Morgan’s grandmother and another Saguaro parent and
son met with top school officials in a closed two-hour meeting where the
suspension was reduced.
Scottsdale police said they arrested the teen because the officer worried that
the situation might escalate.
Morgan was jailed for several hours on suspicion of disorderly conduct,
failure to obey a police officer, trespassing and interfering or disrupting an
wearing a hat sideways? A round of Alice’s
Restaurant, anyone? Good thing he wasn’t littering.
Bobbie Morgan wants the school district to ask police not to pursue charges.
"I want them to stand in Marlon’s corner, too," she said. "I
placed him in their care."
School security guards asked Morgan to turn his hat around. It is against
school policy to wear hats sideways. Morgan, who is Black, said the rule is
selectively enforced. He refused to turn his hat and refused to go to the
schools really need mandatory rules about which direction to point the bill of a
cap? This calls for the invention of caps with two bills. That way school
officials won’t know if they are coming or going, which will probably cause them
to double the period of suspension.
Morgan said Monday that if he had to do it all over again, "I probably
would have just went to the office and just settled it another way."