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I have ran into a problem at my son's school with a dishonest administration. My son had not had prior discipline problems until a new Principal and Assistant came to his middle school, both of them were coaches who came from the high school. The year started off wrong because I challenged the Principal for charging my son with a class III violation when it was a class II based on the code of conduct. The record was changed but from that point on it has been a total nightmare. The students in our district are assingned to an Alternative school which is a Boot Camp. The instructers are drill sargents and the students have to do four complete hours of intense physical excercise in the hot sun, they are searched as they walk in the building each day and they have to eat lunch standing up. They are not allowed to talk to each other at all and they have to earn a certian number of points each day or they will loose the day and have to stay an extra day. They have no academic instruction. They are sentenced from 30 to 55 days. Many of these kids haven't done anything more than be tardy or have thier shirt tail out too many times. The punishment does not fit the crime and if the administrator wants a kid out of the school he will get him out one way or another. No wonder kids are dropping out of school, Kids need discipline but they also need to be able to trust those in authority to be honest and play by thier own rules.
I am in Middle school, I got suspended because of a teacher. I was told that I had flipped off the whole class with my middle finger and so I told her I did nothing. But she said there are two witnesses that said I did it. I was told to leave the classroom and I said no because there is no reason I needed to go and the teacher standed right in front of face and said leave the classroom and I went. She called the Vice principal on me. I was outside of the classroom and I saw the vice principal she said "Are you the one?" I said Yes and she said. Go to the office. I tried to ask her a question but she didn't let me ask and so I finally got answer it was "JUST GO". And so I walked to the office and when I saw her she had the two witnesses, they were friends so I thought they just wanted to cause trouble for me. I was tooken into the vice princpal office and she said I was derespecting a teacher and her. So she gave me three days suspension then I said I was not derespecting because I was proving that I did nothing. BUT THE STUPID VICE PRINCIPAL DOESN'T LISTEN TO ANYONE.
So when my parents came in to see the case. The vice principal said that I standed up to the teachers face when she did that to me. she said I was really angry and i kept yelling at the teacher. I was furious, but I knew the teacher was being dishonest, but there is no way i could prove my case because I was just a student and the teacher had more power in her words. And the vice principal is just a fat lady who thinks she is the power of them all and she says i disrespected her. I seriously wish all the DISTRICTS around the world would read this or just even try to think of a better way then suspending because we do have ISS but they didn't give it to me because they said I had raging anger going on when I was just quite calm. I mean I don't understand why the teacher would be so dishonest when she knew that she had more power then me.
Please reply to this I really need a explaination because I really didn't do anything.
I am the parent of 2 boys, who have been the poster children for school suspension.
In Norwalk, CT. the norm is 10 days for any offense. I agree, that consequences are valid for behavioral issues in school.But why deny a child an education because of behavioral issues. Do you deny a child food, because of this actions. Deny a child an education, for taxpayers in a town is a lawless act. Is this a tool for success, no, this actually creates a larger problem. Children can become despondent, more time off for fun, dismiss his education and become a larger problem than what they were out to solve. In school suspension is the answer. If he must report to school, and be confined to an area for the entire day, including lunch - I think this is the approach which is needed. When are Principals, Teachers, Housemaster, Guidance counselor going to wake up and confront this problem in a constructive manner. I also fear school suspensions. There are no statitics to let us know who, why, what, where and when kids are suspended. I am wary of a practice that is closed without outside knowledge of what is occuring. Suspensions are a private matter for families, and parents have no way of knowing if their child is being discriminated against for the amount of time, suspensions they receive. I look to the future, in hopes that someone will find a better way to address school issues. Enough is enough already.
Although I agree with youtr statement, I also disagree with it. You should have taken the time to go to the office. That would have been better than taking the chance to be suspended.
I'm a senior at the mid-Michigan Linden High School, and I just got suspended for three days today. The reason is: I called my dad in between classes on my cell phone to ask him for lunch money. Cell phones are not allowed in our school, but everybody has them, and I thought I could just make a quick call, that way I didn't have to get a pass out of class, waste a lot of time, and go to the office to call.
But instead, a passing teacher snapped it out of my hand. So now, not only am I in a world of trouble, I also don't get to eat until around ten P.M. tonight. I have pit band practice, bowling, and I won't be home until then. I don't have any money.
I think it's ridiculous that I should be suspended for three entire days for calling my dad to get lunch money.
As a 6th grade teacher, I find wide sweeping claims, that, "Our educators are not doing their job," based on school administration's support of suspension of students from school to be grandiose and unfair. Tax payer money is more often misspent when communication breaks down between the school and parents, not when Johnny gets suspended for violation of a school's code of conduct.
Socio-economic factors beyond the control of the teacher and school often influence the perception of what a school is doing or not doing well. Since I do not know the specifics of why said student(s) are being suspended from school, I cannot speak in specifics. As a reasonable person and teacher, I have only referred a student to administration for behavior issues severe enough to inhibit other students physical safety or emotional well being or other students' ability to learn.
Education is a right in our country. However, that education must take place within a safe setting and one that encourages all students to learn. If a student is out of line, a teacher must act. Affective administration follows the code of conduct and should be able to suspend students from school if the offense merits such action.
my son goes to a Catholic school and he saw his friend when he put glue over the toilets. He was accused of accomplice for not going to tell and adult what was going on. I refusd to sign a letter for him to be suspended. What are his rights?
I hear you! I'm a teacher, and have plenty of ADHD kids who CAN and DO behave, that parent who was whining about the schools is probably just upset that she has to deal with the kid on the suspension days, when, because of her lack of disciplining, he is out of control there too.
My son is a senior in high school. He recently made the mistake of drinking alcohol in a limo on the way to a school dance. He was suspended from school for five days, and was told by the school that by completing the Alternative to Suspension Program that the suspension would not be reflected in his school record. He is a good student (4.3GPA), and this was important to him as he is in the process of applying to college. My son's school counselor has informed us that she needs to indicate on the Mid-Year Senior Report that she sends to the colleges, that there has been a suspension. My son completed the Alternative to Suspension Program, so I do not understand this. The Counselor said that the suspension only comes off my son's attendance record. Does this make sense?
I am going through similar issues with my son in school and what is being overlooked is that the free hand the schools exercise make it easy for the teachers... and leave the child behind. By suspending kids out of school, the child isn't getting the lesson for the day and puts the child behind the rest of the class. Parents should send letters to their senators and put a stop to this and go to your local PTAs and complain. It's also takes up administration time to maintain records on detentions, ISDs, OSDs, etc. Taxpayer $$$s are wasted while our children are being left behind for being children, especially in middle school.
Our Educators are not doing their job!