I thought I had seen strange things in schools in the this area but the blog zero intelligence has compiled an impressive roster of the truly bizarre--Ripley's has nothing on this lineup. Here are some of the strange events which have been recently featured:
- a student who was acting as a designated driver drove and picked up friends at an off campus party where alcohol was being served. For this act of public safety he was suspended 20 days;
- a student was suspended (later repealed) for weapons violations for folding paper into the shape of a gun;
- a student was charged with a felony for bringing a butter knife to school;
- under Indiana law a student can be suspended or expelled for actions taken "any where and at any time" even if the action has no geographic relationship to the school or any connection to a school activity no matter how remote;
- a student was charged with sexual assault and sexual harassment for streaking in his underwear during homecoming when he accidentally bumped into a science teacher;
- an honor roll student held up a 1 oz. test tube of beer (she did not drink it) and received a 6 week stint in an alternative school [probably will not be on honor roll when she gets back];
- Janesville, Wisconsin High School students beware; there have been 7 expulsions this year almost equaling the total for all of last year.
I understand the need for school discipline and order in schools. The point is that arbitrary and irrational applications of rules does not encourage respect for the system, it undermines it. Historically, there seem to be spike in this kind of irrationality, especially in the wake of real and tragic school violence in the headlines like we have had this last week. Talk to your children at all grades to be extra vigilant of staying clear of the deans of discipline, especially if there is a shortage of common sense in your district.