Adam L. Neal of The Daily Oakland Press is reporting that a Michigan high school student was suspended for two days for handing out flyers for a heavy metal concert.
The flyer for the local Detroit metal band DRAHNER (www.drahner.com) — which is made up of Oxford High School alumni — depicted a woman sitting on the edge of a tongue, fully clothed.
The flyer was found to be "extremely inappropriate" by Oxford principal Michael Schweig and his staff, according to Edie Paradowski, director of communications for the school.
She said the student was suspended Thursday (Dec. 11), not for promoting a hometown band, but for violating two school policies.
"If you want to post anything in the high school you have to get permission," Paradowski said about the first violation. "That and the flyer itself is disruptive. That is the interpretation made by the principal and assistant principals."
DRAHNER drummer Matt Vincentini, who graduated in 1996, said the band has never had problems in its three-year span.
"I don't think they should have suspended him in the first place," he said. "I think they should reverse their decision."
Paradowski said the administration is standing behind its decision, especially after meeting with the student and his parents Thursday night.
"This was less than the full punishment that could have been given," she said. "After meeting with the parents, the suspension was reduced."
Paradowski also said Schweig indicated to her that he has not received any phone calls regarding the matter, even though DRAHNER manager David Stein said he tried to contact the principal at least three times with no response. Read more.