May 7 2005

Don’t you dare talk to your mommy!

I love American public school systems. They are so on top of things and so understanding. (someday I will blog on how I had to threaten a lawsuit to be allowed to graduate high school…it’s a fun story!)

So according to this story, a high school junior, Kevin Francois, at Spencer High School in Columbus, GA has been suspended for 10 days for using his cell phone at school. During his lunch hour, his mother, who is currently stationed in Iraq, called him to talk to him. He went outside for a better signal, was spotted by a teacher, and was told to hang up. He replied “This is my mom in Iraq. I’m not about to hang up on my mom.”. The teacher insisted, Kevin continued to argue, and was punished. The assistant principal said:

“Kevin got defiant and disorderly,” Parham said. “When a kid becomes out of control like that they can either be arrested or suspended for 10 days. Now being that his mother is in Iraq, we’re not trying to cause her any undue hardship; he was suspended for 10 days.”

The lesson here folks….don’t you dare talk to your mommy! Yes, this was against the letter of the rules, no argument there, but come on, you couldn’t have swept this under the rug? The kid isn’t even getting to live with family, he is living with a guardian. Do you think his mom has constant access to a phone? Doubtful. So she had a chance to call during his lunch hour, so she did.

I despise public schools…I just utterly despise them. Great PR there guys.

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