Not all of them of course, but as we push forward into an era of “zero tolerance” policies, it seems that school officials use this as an excuse to not use their heads in far too many situations. The latest one of these seemingly over the top punishments was a kid that was suspended from school for a day, barred from attending an honors dinner, and stripped of his position on the student council, because he… what? Threatened another student? No. Made unwanted sexual advances towards another student or teacher? Na Uh. No, this kid received this punishment because, he bought a bag a Skittles from another student.
Superintendent Reginald Mayo said Wednesday that the principal was just trying to keep students safe, but that he would review the decision to suspend Michael.
Yes, of course, we must keep our kids safe… from Skittles.Â Are you kidding me?Â The punishment has now been rescinded (he will have his record cleared, and given his position on the student council returned, but of course he now missed the honors dinner he was qualified to attend), I suspect that the school did this about face while staring down the business end of a lawsuit by the parents.
Look, I am all for the schools not selling candy and soda in the schools, but what the hell are these people thinking?