Sadly, however, some recent cases of student discipline reported in the media reveal an alarming resurgence of zero-tolerance by some school administrators against students who even mention the Newtown massacre during school in any but the most sanitized circumstances.
The school-to-jail pipeline for kids is real and this article is yet further proof of that fact. While security is paramount in all schools especially those in grades K-12, regularly stacking our schools with police officers and security guards is not always the best idea. In fact, it’s often a bad idea.
Washington Post columnist Jay Matthews dedicated his Sunday column to Seth, a 9-year-old boy in Montgomery County Public Schools. Seth is a special education student, and as is the case with too many families this office has helped over the years, Seth’s parents have been in a knock-down, drag-out fight with the school system over how best to address Seth’s numerous and varied needs.
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) recently issued findings affirming MCPS’s long overdue decision to fire its long employed teacher for conduct, which in my opinion, amounts to no less than serial acts of child abuse and significantly inappropriate behaviors with children.
Roger Parker, Jr., a 9-year-old child with autism, was arrested by police at his Quincy, Illinois, school after he had a “meltdown” during class. School officials at Baldwin South Intermediate School called the police to calm down the little boy after he was escorted from the classroom to a special area.
The crowd in the stands at the Kansas City, Missouri, high school cheered on 19-year-old Allyssa Brubeck as she took the top prize on the field during the ceremony. The crowning was a first for Park Hill South as Allyssa is the first teen with Down syndrome to win the top prize.
While many students cherish the first dance of the school year, high school sophomore Whitney Kropp was heartbroken when she found out her classmates nominated her for homecoming court as a prank. Whitney had been previously bullied for her choice of black clothing and multicolored hair.
When high school sophomore Taylor Santos was given the choice between one more day of in-school suspension or a spanking, she chose the later. Her vice principal acquiesced and Taylor returned home after school, bruised and blistered.
A growing number of school districts have begun to incorporate the same kind of high-tech radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems used successfully by prison administrations to better control and manage state and federal prison populations.