Crazy School Stories: Underanalyzing & Overpunishing Kids

Maybe it’s because I’m a new parent, but I’m starting to become more interested in the topic of criminalizing normal child behavior.

Ron’s Insanity is starting a collection of Crazy School Stories:

I've got a file on crazy school stories. Now these are the ones that make the newspaper and often tend to be quite egregious. These are stories like strip searching a 13 year old girl over Motrin or suspending a kid over eating at lunch with a steak knife.

However, I'm frankly surprised and shocked at the number of people who have school "horror" stories…

Since I'm already getting active lobbying my local school board and since I've decided that it's time to start taking this to the Texas Legislature, I want to have as many stories as possible to shock our lawmakers into putting an end to some of this insanity.

Ron’s asking for emails, so if you have actual experiences to relate, head over there and help out.

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Rodger Jones - April 25, 2008 4:46 PM

THEY SHOULD JUST CALL THEM ELEMENTARY PRISONS, I CAN'T BELIEVE THE POWER THESE PEOPLE HAVE OVER "OUR" CHILDREN. AND AS PARENTS IF WE TRY TO DEFEND OUR CHILDREN WE END UP IN COURT FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT OR WORSE DEPENDING ON WHAT LAW THEY CAN THINK OF. MY CHILD WAS MADE TO RUN LAPS ALL DURING P.E. BECAUSE HE FORGOT HIS P.E. CLOTHES,I THOUGHT P.E. STOOD FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION: MEANING EDUCATING CHILDREN ON THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISE, NOT FORCING THEM TO EXERCISE, IT SHOULD BE FUN SO THEY WILL WANT TO JOIN IN. IT'S GETTING OUT OF HAND AND SOMEONE MUST STOP IT. PEOPLE WONDER WHY CHILDREN ARE ACTING THE WAY THEY DO NOW, MY THEORY IS THIS-----CHILDREN ACT THIS WAY BECAUSE THE MANY GET PUNISHED FOR THE ACTIONS OF A FEW. AND THEY CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY ARE BEING PUNISHED WHEN THEY DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG, SO THEIR THOUGHTS ARE, IF I'M GOING TO BE PUNISHED FOR SOMETHING I DIDN'T DO, I MIGHT AS WELL DO SOMETHING.

Terry Rerich - February 10, 2011 5:52 PM

I have recently heard stories in HOuston of the school giving citations to children as young as 8 to 10 for their behavior problems in school. CITATIONS... This is outrageous! I would like to fight with you and read "awareness" information to try to understand, and address, these idiotic steps of dicipline in our children. Contact me back via email anytime. Thank you, Grandmother of four

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