And someone, for crying out loud, take the darn hammer away from those kids (external - login to view), or give them safety goggles!
Explain it to the kid. Be a freakin' educator! Why not call SWAT.... Idiots.
But as mentioned before, it wasn't that they figured she was intending to hurt someone, it was the unknown of what other kids would have done if they got ahold of them and if an accident occured, who's then at fault?
But, suspension should be an issue of something very serious that the child themselves did. Not something some other kid could maybe possibly eventually theoretically do. Punishing a child that severely for an innocent mistake should not be happening. What's happened to the other forms of discipline like recesses in the office or lunch spent in detention?
You have me closer to agreeing with you BUT... did you hear that little part at the end that made it seem as though this was not a first offence?
That should also be considered shouldn't it? Perhaps there is information at the office that we are not privy to since she is a minor and they are not at liberty to disclose anything.
That would put the school in a sticky position where they appear to be the heavy when in fact it may be justified suspense due to prior activity.
I heard that little part, but, all it says is that they can't go into specifics in Danielle's case (if we're talking about the same blurb), and that can be used as much as a defense for the school as anything.
It's become a pretty standard catch all phrase for 'I don't want to talk about this' in many situations recently. It doesn't convince me that there is anything more than what the mom and child and police have stated on the case.
I think that's part of why the statement to the effect of 'well I can give you all the details' kind of rings hollow with me after she talked as much as she did. Because they can hint that there's more to it, and never have to back up the assertion based on the 'privacy rights' that they've mentioned. So, they can paint a victim all sorts of colors for us through insinuation, and we'll never be able to find out the truth.
This is the second such case I read recently (one was a boy suspended for smelling his sharpie marker), where it smacked of administrators not willing to do their job of guiding kids in their struggle to learn social rules/guidelines and personal control and judgement. yes, parents are the main teachers in this area, but, administrators and class room teachers used to be a very important part of it. I'm lucky... my kids have that at their school. My son has been in two fights since starting there. During one fight, he resorted to biting the kid who wouldn't let him go. Was he suspended? No. He spent half a day in talking to the principal, writing a letter to the other kid to apologize, and then for the following week his teacher talked to him whenever she got the chance about anger control, and appropriate reactions if someone is bullying or holding you.Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
The latest incident he punched a girl in his class in the mouth after she kicked him. Was he suspended? No. They were, once again, sent to the principal, lectured, given assignments to write out to one another. The class was given anger management exercises, and proper playground etiquette was discussed.
These are the sorts of things I see kids getting suspended for at other schools in the same age range. And I really don't think they learn nearly as much from a suspension as my son has learned from his two incidents, other than the fact that they're considered 'bad kids' and aren't allowed...
You'd put up with your kid being suspended (there are other ways to reprimand and get a point across you know... detention for example), over some theoretical action of some other kid? I highly doubt it. I know I sure as hell wouldn't.
My kids sneak stuff off to school in their backpacks regularly enough that we've needed to start checking their bags (6 and 8 yrs old), to make sure no pricey toys are taking off to school.
Parents don't always know what their kids are taking, and no, it's not logical to expect a parent to catch every last whoops, or to think ahead and explain to a 9 year old EVERY last eventuality for every item they might think of packing to school.
Oh and not to mention, The teachers and principals have the say in what occurs in the schools, not the parents. If they want to dictate what the rules and proceedures should be, then by all means, they can do their jobs for them. That's the responsibility we pass onto them when we give them our children for most of the day for most of the week. I'd rather my children be in a school that is that protective of the overall well being of the students then have my children in a school that is slack and doesn't pay attention..... even if my own children may be in the crosshairs of disipline.
Not each individual parent, but, as a whole, they carry stroke. And the instant that parents start standing up and demanding that schools use discretion rather than blanket policies which try to take these situations strictly on a black and white basis, you'll start seeing them actually exercise a bit of discretion instead of using fallbacks and catch phrases to excuse themselves from the job of teaching.