Judge Memorial Administration Above Zero-Tolerance
In the opening story of the article, a girl was arrested for drawing on her desk. A particular hurdler might be particularly interested in this situation and find he got off easy...
There was no profanity, no hate. Just the words, "I love my friends Abby and Faith. Lex was here 2/1/10 :)" scrawled on the classroom desk with a green marker.Alexa Gonzalez, an outgoing 12-year-old who likes to dance and draw, expected a lecture or maybe detention for her doodles earlier this month. Instead, the principal of the Junior High School in Forest Hills, New York, called police, and the seventh-grader was taken across the street to the police precinct.
This statistic from New York is amazing. How many times have you had to pay for tardies? I have heard that Skyline High School has something similar in this regard, just to bring it a little more into our little Utah world.
The Strategy Center, a California-based civil rights group that tracks zero tolerance policies, found that at least 12,000 tickets were issued to tardy or truant students by Los Angeles Police Department and school security officers in 2008. The tickets tarnished students' records and brought them into the juvenile court system, with fines of up to $250 for repeat offenders.
And this one is even closer - does everyone remember the food fight we had a few years ago? Glad that this wasn't the action as a result:
At schools across the country, police are being asked to step in. In November, a food fight at a middle school in Chicago, Illinois, resulted in the arrests of 25 children, some as young as 11, according to the Chicago Police Department.
The point of my post is to point out that we have it pretty easy here, and I think we all need to complain a little less and "just deal with it" a lot more. I'm all for sticking up for our personal rights, etc, etc, but we should all make more of a conscientious effort to follow the rules and not keep pushing the comparatively lackadaisical disciplinary actions of our own school. We could wind up with something much worse if we keep bending the rules. There is definitely a breaking point.