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The bad apple ruins it for everyone.

Hey phoena, here's a story to add to treating everyone like criminals:

Today a fourth-grader used their younger sibling and a friend to create a distraction in our school's book fair while the kid tried to steal /eight/ books by slipping them into their backpack. The kid wasn't socioeconomically disadvantaged and is the offpsring of a juvenile court prosecutor. Think dad needs to put a healthy fear of breaking the law into the kid before they get beaten down for that kind of foolishness.

Among the new policies instituted as a result, jackets and backpacks must be left in the hallway outside the book fair room (or better yet, left in the classroom). I spent the rest of the day shivering without my hoodie to ward off the A/C's cold rays. Thanks, kid.

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karaksindru
Mar. 13th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
As the animation supervisor said the other day "One bad apple spoils the soup." ;)

*bear hugs to keep you warm*
oddharmonic
Mar. 13th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, let's not talk about soup. Tuesday night was a chili dinner at the school; the leftovers went into the teachers' lounge refrigerator. This morning someone emptied one of the containers into the teacher's lounge sink (which does not have a disposal) and blocked up the pipes. Apparently it smelled something fierce all day, but it happened after I walked through before 8 AM.

I did the next best thing to importing my favorite Bear: I wore my fuzzy grey sweater! By the end of the day I think I'd been petted by at least 50 kids.
redqueenofevil
Mar. 13th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
That's funny, except not. We weren't allowed to bring jackets or backpacks into book fairs when I was in fourth grade. All that stuff got left at class. Of course, we also weren't allowed to wear shorts above the knees, or halter tops, because the school had a strong a/c unit.

That said, I think they should have made exceptions to teachers and adults helping with the fair.
popcornoblivion
Mar. 13th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
I was about to say the same thing - I used to HATE that grownups were the exception to the rules when I was a kid (and they always were). It's ridiculous that they said a grown woman couldn't wear a friggin sweater.
redqueenofevil
Mar. 13th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
I agree wholeheartedly.

On another note, I really like your icon. Vegs unite?
oddharmonic
Mar. 13th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
I wasn't directly told not to wear my hoodie, but if I kept it on I would have spent the rest of the day answering kids' questions why I had one on when they didn't. I wore a pullover today so there was no issue, just kids wanting to pet my shirt. (It's furry like those novelty slipper socks.)
oddharmonic
Mar. 13th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Adults are expected to follow the school dress code and I didn't think it was fair to wear what the kids can't. One of the things about book fair is that I answer questions all week from kids explaining things like sales tax and while they may not be able to find the price of a book, we have a reorder form where we can look the title up. I was asked at least twice today about the latter because a particular Pokemon book is not clearly marked with price.

Today I wore a light sweater so there was no potential issue with having a hoodie.
phoena
Mar. 13th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
That's so obnoxious! Okay, so a couple of kids were a problem. Punish THEM, not everyone. I'm so sick of everyone being treated like we're guilty until proven innocent! It's such bullshit. As cynical as I am, I still believe that the majority of people are honest, but if we keep treating everyone like they are dishonest, there will be no more incentive to be honest, and everyone WILL become dishonest.

I'm so frustrated with this system!
oddharmonic
Mar. 13th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
The kids have no problem with the backpack rule, but don't really like the jacket one. The kids involved were wearing excessively baggy ones (one of them had a book entirely concealed in their pocket) but it is chilly when the A/C's on.

One good thing about being a small, fairly tight-knit school community is that while all of the students know there was a theft incident and I'm allowed to confirm that, the name of the primary instigator is widely known although staff and volunteers were told not to confirm or deny who was involved.

As it turned out, there was another spate of incidents today involving the same parties. They had to have a shakedown in that grade's classroom pod because a teacher's walkie-talkie, a just-purchased book, and a teacher's chocolate stash all disappeared by lunch. Whatever happened was resolved within an hour, but I think those parties are now facing more severe punishment.
colleend
Mar. 16th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
I'm surprised that they are allowed to wear jackets and have backpacks in the school at all...but then again, I was in high school when columbine happened and we had VERY strict rules about all of that...I guess things have loosened up a bit since then...
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