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Going to the prom after all

 

James Tate went to his senior prom after all. The Shelton, Connecticut high school student created quite a stir when he posted his prom invitation to Sonali Rodrigues in 12-inch-high cardboard letters on the school wall.
School officials said that was a safety risk. They suspended Tate for a day and barred him from the prom. Headmaster Beth Smith later reversed that decision, after finding herself at the center of a media hurricane … both mainstream and social. Apparently, a good many people thought the punishment far exceeded the crime.
So-called “zero tolerance” policies are designed to protect school districts from legal action. Of course, school officials will say such policies are meant to protect the students and faculty. I agree … to a point.
I wonder if school officials sometimes overreact to disciplinary situations primarily to cover their rear ends. Aren’t their times … especially with younger students … when a good lecture and warning not to do that again are good enough? Should educators have the freedom to ensure that punishment is truly appropriate for the offense?
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Our thought for today is from Cicero:
 

“Let the punishment match the offense.”



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Topics : Education
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Locations : Connecticut
People : Beth SmithJames TateSonali Rodrigues




 
06/09/2011 1:24AM
Going to the prom after all
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