Lakeside School has agreed to refund half of the annual tuition paid by one of four pot-smoking students who were recently expelled after being subject to hours-long questioning without parental notification. The expulsions, which bypassed the private school's student and staff Judiciary Committee, generated controversy at Bill Gates' alma mater, especially after an SW story. (See the extensive reader comments by students and parents.)
Kyle T. Webster
In a separate letter, Noe and Upper School Director Nathaniel Healy offer to help Karr's son "transition" to another school by sending letters of recommendation and transcripts, saying the latter will note that the jazz-playing junior was expelled without saying why. The letter also calls the boy "a good person with tremendous potential" and expresses "great admiration" for his honesty and handling of himself during the affair. Nevertheless, Noe and Healy maintain that the expulsion was "the right decision."
Karr calls the dual messages in the letter "surreal." "Now a very deserving kid will have a harder time getting into college, all because Lakeside didn't follow the [discipline policy] rules for a pretty minor violation."