Looking at CNN today, I see an AP story out of New Haven, CT about a eighth-grade honors student who not only got suspended, but also "...was stripped of his title as class vice president,(and) barred from attending an honors student dinner...", all for buying a bag of skittles from a classmate.
I know that America has gone from being "the land of the free" to the "land of the lardass", but since when has the schools become such Food Nazi that we now suspend students for buying candy? And also maybe it just me, but I feel like this punishment is way way way too harsh considering what happened. I mean the kid was buying candy, not crack!
I worked in the school system here in Albuquerque for two years and I've seen some really stupid shit, but this really does take the cake. They suspended this kid originally for 3 days but then changed it to a one day suspension. Incase you have been living under a rock, when a student is suspended, they are removed from the education process (aka school) and normally in most parts of the US, they have to stay home for the term of their suspension. Does anyone else besides me see an issue with removing any kid from school for anything that is not a major offense, let along just buying freaking candy?
Also this kid was as the article says an honors student and the freaking class vice president, a title they have since stripped from him. He is also barred from attending an honors student dinner, which you know is the best way to encourage a student if you ask me. I understand that rules are rules (even if they are so freaking stupid) and that when a (stupid) rule is broken, it needs to have consequence, but not to this level. Make the kid run laps or something like that (something that make sense considering the transgression), but don’t take it to the level it has here.
If this had happened to me, my parents would be so livid with the school system. Hell, if this was my child, I would have the ass of everyone at that school and in that school district so fast they would not know what hit them. I have a novel idea, how about the schools stick to educating the kids and let the parents worry about what the hell the kid eats!