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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.


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!
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.


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