8th Grader Almost Expelled Over Photo Of Her Older Military Serving Brother Found On Her Binder?????

Posted on August 19, 2012


California (The Gaslamp Post) – A 13-year-old high achieving student was threatened with expulsion after school officials saw photographs in her binder, the child’s mother told KTLA-TV.  8th grader Brianna Gentry said she was singled out over photos in her binder, including some of her older brother who is serving as a military police officer.

Miss Brianna Gentry, 13, punished for photo of her military police officer brother on her binder at school. Image KTLA-TV.

Amongst the offending photographs were pictures of her softball team.

“The counselor took me out of class twice telling me that the pictures are added material,” Brianna told KTLA-TV. “But they haven’t pulled any other students with pictures out from their class… Just me.”

Referring to what is being described as an “unwritten rule” regarding the appearance of the binders of AVID program students, a program for top performing students, Brianna was accused of not properly “maintaining” her notebook.

“My brother’s very important to me,” said Brianna. “I haven’t seen him in a while.”

Brianna’s mother, Jaima Eudy, was reportedly quite upset with the school after learning of the school’s actions toward her daughter and sent them a letter expressing her frustration.

Brianna’s older brother who is serving currently as a military police officer, presently stationed in Montana.

“Her brother is a positive role model in her life,” said Brianna’s mother to KTLA.  “She’s very active in Little League.  She has been for six years.  So these are things that are happy moments for her.”

The school then sent a letter home to Eudy, where it highlighted the rules regarding AVID students and the maintenance of their notebooks.  “I think if you’re going to enforce a rule, the rule should apply to all children,” said Eudy.

After local television stations became involved in publicizing Brianna’s story, the school decided to compromise.  They said that the photos of her brother in uniform were acceptable but she would have to remove those of her softball team.

“We want our students to be successful, and if this is the type of motivation that’s going to help this young lady succeed, then by all means we’ll support her efforts,” said Golden Valley school district spokeswoman Linda Bardere.

Both Brianna and her mother say that they are satisfied with the compromise.

“I’d rather have my brother in my pictures than to have nothing at all,” Brianna said. “So I’m fine with the decision.”

“Her brother is the most important, and I can deal with that,” her mother said.

(h/t:  The Blaze)