Originally Posted by Saul Good
I agree completely. We need to let students decide for themselves what explosions are appropriate at schools. I think everyone can agree that teenagers should be mixing chemicals at schools without supervision. That's just common sense.
People are rightly questioning yet another "no tolerance" policy that allows a school administrator no room to make a reasoned decision about appropriate consequences for a bad decision. The principal, as quoted, seems very reasonable and unhappy with the school district's choice to have her arrested and expelled, rather than being able to weigh a more appropriate consequence for a good student who made a bad choice that had no impact at all other than to startle her.
I really wish people could stop passing policy anywhere that removes good judgment from the equation. Our children see no examples of real thought anymore. That is what student council's and student honor committees used to be about. Teaching kids to weigh hard decisions and compromise. We have turned everything into an extreme response with no middle grounds and then wonder why our country is increasingly divided to the extremes.
I wish her a good future and hope that this expulsion doesn't lose her any opportunities.