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Tonganoxie teen placed on probation in battery case

First: It doesn't matter how many days it is since the conviction: the board can meet on a moment's notice for an emergency issue.

Second: He is a convicted sex offender. The offense was sexual battery. He was convicted. Thus, he is a convicted sex offender. The only issue left is whether he'll have to REPORT to the state as a sex offender, not whether he is or is not one. He is. He was judged guilty by the court.

The constitution and our laws did work - they convicted him. Of a sex offense.

September 6, 2011 at 6:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie teen placed on probation in battery case

Actually, he was already given due process. Police conducted an investigation, the results were handed over to Pursel's attorney, charges were filed with the Court, a Judge read the charges against him, and under the advice of an attorney, Pursel offered a plea rather than requesting a trial. Pursel has already been afforded due process.

The only determination the judge has left is whether the guy will have to report as a sexual offender -- that is independent of the finding of guilt. The court already accepted the plea and thus he has already been convicted of the charge -- found guilty by the court.

The fact that the district won't expel a student following a CONVICTION for sexual battery is absolutely stunning to me.

Stunning.

Anyone with a child in this school district should be absolutely disgusted by the actions of this district.

September 6, 2011 at 12:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie teen placed on probation in battery case

Old_Vet: Do you really think a state law could mandate that a district keep a convicted sex offender in the high school with other students? Really?

September 6, 2011 at 9:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie teen placed on probation in battery case

Please, someone clarify for the rest of us: please tell me a student was not convicted of sexual battery and then returned to school? A convicted sexual offender in the classrooms of THS?

Please, tell me I read this wrong.

September 4, 2011 at 7:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie football coach Mark Elston resigns

I think many people understand that coaching football calls for tough love. But you say "what else was he to do" after the culprit repeatedly tackled the quarterback?

How about pulling him off the field after the first couple of times he didn't heed the instruction? Allowing him to continue to tackle the QB over and over until the coach apparently snapped is not effective coaching.

The tackle should have been benched before this was allowed to happen for the third or fourth time.

September 2, 2011 at 8:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie football coach Mark Elston resigns

This entry is perhaps the best exemplification of why the emphasis placed on sports/games here in Tonganoxie, at the expense of academics, is so horribly exaggerated and misplaced.

September 2, 2011 at 5:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie football coach Mark Elston resigns

They are indeed "almost adults". So by your standards, almost adults = treat them as adults.

I guess upon entering high school, they should be served beer with lunch, be invited to a smoking lounge, have a strip joint in the study hall, be granted unrestricted driver's licenses, etc...

Good luck with that.

August 31, 2011 at 3:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie football coach Mark Elston resigns

Comparing football games with teenagers to the rigors of the United States Military, lol.

August 31, 2011 at 3:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie football coach Mark Elston resigns

"get the facts and then judge."

That'd require an ounce of transparency by this district...something conspicuously missing even though families have begged for it for years.

August 31, 2011 at 3:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie football coach Mark Elston resigns

Is this the same coach that did nothing when upperclassmen urinated on freshmen in the locker room? Or when other physical assaults on underclassmen by upperclassmen occurred?

August 31, 2011 at 3:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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