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Upon learning the new principal has cancelled their beloved Senior Cut Day, seniors Marc Price and Michael Starkes plot to throw a huge Hooky Party as an act of defiance. With the aid of their buddies, Anthony and Horace, they hatch a plan that looks flawless. But looks can be deceiving. Can they pull off the party of the year, a social event that somehow manages to bind the class nerds, the cool, the jocks and the thugs together in harmony … and not get caught?

A light-hearted mixture of caper and conscience, The Hooky Party is a serious-but-funny look into the lives of African-American teens that uses a lively cast of characters to explore friendship, loyalty, true love, and learning to take responsibility for decisions. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Who Is Marc L Abbott. According to the girls who then scrambled to be tested, the school's principal and administrators said they could not return to class until the notes had been received, and the underlying message, if not stated, was clear -- if the test results were ''bad,'' they would be kicked out of school. What exactly happened in the aftermath of the hooky party is now the subject of a lawsuit filed yesterday in Federal District Court in Manhattan. Two of the students, with the help of the New York Civil Liberties Union, claim that the school and the Department of Education violated their constitutional rights to privacy, bodily integrity, equality and due process.

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Joel I. Klein, the schools chancellor, said yesterday that he had yet to see the lawsuit. I'm not saying what the facts are here, because we have made no investigation that I'm aware of into this. The two girls -- one is 13, the other 14 -- whose names are replaced by pseudonyms in the legal complaint, want an apology.

They are also asking for the return of their confidential medical information and for records on disciplinary action taken against them to be expunged.


I was the center of attention all of a sudden. Later she added, ''I felt that it was a punishment that they didn't have any right to do.

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Yet the girls complied with the school's demands, not knowing what else to do, and had pelvic exams and blood drawn, their lawyers said. Most went to a free clinic in the neighborhood. The two girls who are plaintiffs in the suit have since graduated from I. Stitt School, at th Street and Edgecombe Avenue.

The school has more than 1, students in grades six to eight. The girl who spoke to a reporter confirmed that there had been a party, but would not discuss where it was or any other details. In any event, lawyers for the girls say that the circumstances of the party, off school grounds, were irrelevant as a justification for the school's actions. The civil liberties organization learned about the party and its aftermath from medical professionals at the clinic who were taken aback by the girls' requests for tests and notes.

They expressed concerns about medical confidentiality.