Her case was one of hundreds investigated by the Queensland Ombudsman in 2016-17, and detailed in its latest annual report.The girl was suspended from school on November 1, 2016, and the principal told her she could come back to school on November 21.
Her school's graduation was going to take place on November 17 and the senior formal was on the next day - but the principal told her she could not attend either function.The girl complained about the suspension process and her mother complained it had taken a long time to save the money for her daughter's formal dress and accessories for the formal, and it was unfair she was not allowed to go.
The Ombudsman found the principal had suspended the girl for longer than legally allowed."This meant that she had not been legally suspended on the night of the formal, and should have been allowed to attend," its report reads.
Under Education Queensland rules, a short suspension is one to 10 days and a long suspension is 11 to 20 days.The department accepted the office's recommendation that it compensate the girl and her mother for the money they spent on her dress and accessories for the formal.
It also implemented professional development for all principals in the region about legislative requirements and departmental processes for student disciplinary decisions.
The Queensland Ombudsman investigates complaints about the actions and decisions of state government departments and agencies, councils and public universities, and finalised 6958 complaints in 2016-17.
By: Felicity Caldwell
Published: October 6 2017 - 12:01AM
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