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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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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.

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