The appellants seek the reimbursement of funds paid towards the senior summer trip as their son was found ineligible to participate due to a decision made by the Green Mountain Independent School District board.
Their son violated the school conduct policy when he and other member of the basketball team admitted to committing theft while out on a sports outing. They were ineligible to go on the summer senior trip.
The appellants felt the punishment was too severe as the nature of the theft was insignificant. This is not the case, and the board is not required to create rules that mirror criminal code and consider and punish for different degrees of culpability. They also felt the punishment was discriminatory in that it applied only to seniors. This argument fails in that the activity itself was a privilege only for seniors, so it is not discriminatory but is rationally related to the result it seeks to obtain.
The funds were raised on behalf of the school and therefore belong to the school, so the appellant's request for relief is denied.
The decision of the local board is affirmed.