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February 27, 2005

OF COURSE America's schools haven't gone off the deep end!

What's that? Rubber band?

You're expelled.

Fun quote:

Rojas said she was shocked to learn that her son was being punished for a Level 4 offense -- the highest Level at the school. Other violations that also receive level 4 punishment include arson, assault and battery, bomb threats and explosives, according to the Code of Student Conduct.

Any of you teachers out there (Jay, Jim, Bonnie) defending this move?

Posted by Dan at February 27, 2005 09:41 PM

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The question is, did he place it on her desk or did he really shoot it at her? If it's the latter, then I think he should get the boot. A teacher can't teach without respect from the students and the teacher can't gain that respect without backup from the school. As it is, teachers are seriously limited in what they can and cannot do to retain order in their classrooms. I'd be willing to bet that if the kid did merely toss it onto her desk he gave her some lip about it.

Posted by: Kimm at February 28, 2005 07:04 AM

If he shot it at her and it's an issue of respect, that is one thing.

However, they are calling it an attempt to harm her. Maybe he should be removed for not respecting her if he shot the rubber band at her. But they are saying he threatened her life, another issue entirely.

Posted by: Dan at February 28, 2005 07:40 AM

I always keep a bandy-ball (TM) handy, so that the kids never outgun me.

One day last week, I had them all pinned in the corner behind the globe and the magazine rack. Little bastards.

Posted by: folkbum at February 28, 2005 10:52 AM

Ex-teacher here.

Should he be punished? Assuming there was some level of disrespect/attitude/malicious intent -- yes.
Does this rise to the level of arson, assault, etc.? No.
Should he be expelled? The article provides precious little background information, but on the surface -- no way.

Posted by: Stacie at February 28, 2005 03:35 PM

This child probably has a prior history and this was the final straw - or should I say, rubber band! I am a teacher, too, and usually to suspend a child at this level, there is more to it than is being reported.

Posted by: Patti at March 1, 2005 06:24 AM

The papers can make anything a school/teacher does to a kid sound bad. I suspect he probably shot it at her. No teacher would go through all the trouble to take it this far if he simply obediently tossed it. I agree it is probably not a level 4 offense, but he definitely should be severely punished. At least that school backs their teachers up. At my school, the teacher would've had to have at least 3 witnesses, and if the kid still denied it, they'd give him the benefit of the doubt! Think about what would happen if he did that to a police officer or a judge!

Posted by: Bonnie at March 2, 2005 01:59 PM

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