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Girard girl fights extra-curricular suspension in court

Published: Tue, September 1, 2009 @ 3:40 p.m.

WARREN — A Girard girl, suspended from extracurricular activities for 45 days for allegedly having a party where alcohol was served, is allowed to continue participating in school events until a judge rules on a lawsuit she filed.

Julie Paolone of Avon Street, mother of Mary Burt, a junior at Girard High School, filed the lawsuit last week in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Judge John M. Stuard has issued a temporary restraining order that blocked the school district from carrying out the suspension until after Judge Stuard hears the merits of the case at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10.

The suit names as defendants the school district, its superintendent, board members, high school principal and athletic director.

Judge Stuard’s ruling allowed Burt, who plays on the high school volleyball and softball teams, to attend a Meet the Team night on Thursday, attend other extra-curricular activities, and play volleyball.

Documents filed with the suit said Burt’s suspension was supposed to last from Aug. 10 through Sept. 23, meaning she would have missed nine of her team’s 22 volleyball matches.

Read more in Wednesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Dateline Warren? I thought this was Girard.

The crux is whether the school can punish a student for acts committed outside of school, not on school grounds, and not materially related to school functions.

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2HUBBARDEAGLE(4 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I agree 857 Lets just wait untill she has another party and someone leaves the party and they have been drinking and drives down the road and kills someone or them self. Poor girl has to sit out a few games she should have to sit out, maybe she will learn from her mistakes these kids will keep getting away with this kind of crap untill someone gets hurt.... Wake up people!!!!!

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3Viewpoint(89 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

So the mother thinks it is okay for her little princess to be having a booze party at 16 years of age. Mom needs to stop defending her little precious and start being a parent. There is no acceptable reason for defending underage drinking, much less going to court to force the school system to condone it. And who provided the booze? Why aren't they in a heap of hurt with the law?

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4DragonFly664(198 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

And they wonder why....... be a parent!

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5hubbardguy(32 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

"Dr" Gonzo, the dateline in the article refers to the court which is in Warren, not Girard. Can't you read? And where do you get off stealiing the pen name of a person who has passed away. The REAL" Dr. Gonzo" was Hunter S. Thompson, a celebrated author I had the pleasure if interviewing when I was in college. Later I had the honor to participate in a study group headed by Mr. Thompson. You are a pale, pathetic imitation of the real "Dr. Gonzo". If you have to steal a pen name at least steal one from a person who has not passed away.

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6DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Good point on the Warren courts, I don't live in the area and was merely questioning why there was a Warren dateline for a Girard incident.

I don't think I stole anything from anybody. The last time I checked the name was not copyrighted and I happen to like the guy so I use it. I have never claimed to be an author or writer on his level or anywhere near it. I never meant to claim the name as my own, and I am not pale. Slightly tan in the late summer months.
I think most people know who Hunter Thompson was and that one of his monkers was Dr. Gonzo. Go take a breather and relax, Hunter didn't like you anyway, he always thought you were too uptight and pompous. He knew you would be dropping his name at some point in the future in an attempt to belittle a stranger you never met, on a local newspaper website. For shame.
In any event, I am off to take some devil ether and watch Debbie Reynolds videos.

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7KLibecco(84 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Trumbull County Common Pleas Court is in Warren.

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