By Renzy - 12/12/2012 18:32
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Yeah, I work in an after school program, and one of our first graders got suspended last week for slapping another little girl in the face. It was for one day. It's actually not that uncommon, some kids just have a rough time in school especially if they don't really get enough structure and discipline at home.
These days teachers and administrators don't have a lot of choice when it comes to punishment. You give a detention and the next day you have an angry parent screaming at you. So many parents blame teachers for poor marks when they bring their children home from school and plunk them in front of the television or computer instead of helping them with homework. When I was in school, suspension was one step below expulsion, kids were TERRIFIED of getting suspended. Now it's no big deal. It's more of a punishment to the parents who have to figure out what to do with their kid while the kid is suspended. Zero tolerance policies have a lot to do with this phenomenon, too. Zero tolerance violence policies - a violent act is an automatic suspension. I got beaned on the head with a wooden brick by another kid in kindergarten, and the punishment he got was to not be allowed to play with the bricks for a week, and apologize to me. These days he'd have been suspended and probably sent to a child psychologist. It's nutters.
Hey you know what the kids go by YOLO. The other kids can't match his swag.
Kids start young now adays, although sometimes they get suspended for stupid stuff too. Kids have gotten suspended for wearing religious pins. One girl got suspended for having a nose ring (not in kindergarten though)