Friday, May 06, 2005

Cut the kid a break
From the list of the ridiculously absurd:

A high school student was suspended for 10 days for refusing to end a cell phone call with his mother, a soldier serving in Iraq, school officials said.

The 10-day suspension was issued because Kevin Francois was 'defiant and disorderly' and was imposed in lieu of an arrest, Spencer High School assistant principal Alfred Parham said.
You know what, let the kid talk to his mom. If it was during class, I could understand asking him to hang up. When he says it's his mom in Iraq, let him leave the room to talk to her. If it's a lunchtime, which it was, let the kid talk to his mom.

Now, the article goes on to say that he may have used profanity when told to hang up. If he did, I hope his mom chewed him out from Iraq, and he probably ought to get detention or something. But a ten day suspension, no matter what, is uncalled for.

UPDATE [5/6/2005 - 21:22]: Taranto has more:
Assistant principal Alfred Parham says Francois could have been arrested for being defiant. He adds that students are not permitted to use cell phones "for conversating back and forth during school because if they were allowed to do that, they could be text messaging each other for test questions."

Which raises the question: Do people who think "conversating" is a word have any business administrating tests in the first place?

1 comment:

GaijinBiker said...

"Conversating" is a perfectly cromulent word.