Student Stripped Of Title For Pot Possession

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  1. Student Body President Will Still Graduate

    PHOENIX, Ore., 9:25 p.m. PDT June 2, 2001

    Just one week before graduation, Phoenix High School administrators plan to oust the student body president.

    Keanon Ferguson, caught with marijuana on campus last summer, likely will officially receive the bad news on Monday or Tuesday, school administrators said Friday.

    He will still be allowed to participate in normal graduation activities on June 9.

    Last month, the state Supreme Court denied a request to review an Oregon Court of Appeals ruling, giving the district the authority to depose Ferguson.

    "We will probably do it pretty quickly," Superintendent Dave Willard said. "The point was made and the board has given us the direction we can take."

    Last June, a Phoenix police officer found a quarter-ounce of marijuana and a glass pipe on Ferguson, 18. More drug paraphernalia was found in his car. At the time, Ferguson was student body president-elect.

    Soon after that, school administrators decided to remove Ferguson from office. His father, retired attorney Bill Ferguson, sued in Jackson County Circuit Court, which overturned the district's decision.

    The district retaliated and eventually got the Oregon Court of Appeals to overturn the circuit court ruling.

    The Fergusons then attempted to get the Supreme Court to review the case, but that request was denied, essentially letting stand the appellate decision.

    Willard said there wouldn't be any formal ceremony to remove Ferguson from office.

    "We will probably just hold a private conversation," he said.

    The district will not celebrate its hard-won legal battle.

    "There is no high note in this," he said. "It is not a positive thing for anybody."

    Ferguson said he was somewhat sad at the prospect of losing his title.

    But, he said, "I was president for almost the whole year. I had a pretty good year as president."

    Ferguson even survived a recall effort when the student body voted to keep him in office.

    Ferguson plans to attend the University of Oregon, where he intends to play football and major in biology.

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