Stupid Reason #768 Kids Get Suspended From School (VIDEO)

basketball haircutSchools are giving out suspensions like they're pencils. Actually, scratch that -- considering the amount of pencils I end up buying from my kids, schools are actually more generous with suspensions than they are with pencils.

Just look at some of the most recent cases of kids being suspended: There was that honor student suspended for hugging his friend, the young cancer survivor suspended for growing her hair for charity, and, my personal favorite, the 6-year-old who got suspended for singing LMFAO's "I'm Sexy and I Know It." Oh, and don't forget about the high school seniors who got suspended for that no-damage Post-It note prank!

Honestly, I could go on for days. But I won't, because then I wouldn't be able to tell you about the latest ridiculous reason a kid got suspended: For shaving the image of a basketball player into his hair.

12-year-old Patrick Gonzalez of Woodlake Hills Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, was suspended for shaving the image of his favorite basketball player, Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs, into his hair.

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Um, why? Because it was considered "distracting." According to his mom Rose, she even got permission from the school for the $75 haircut beforehand -- so she was pretty peeved when her son ended up having to shave his head bald in order to go back to school.

So yet another pointless punishment, but this one has a happy ending: Matt Bonner was so flattered by the haircut, calling it "the nicest thing a fan has ever done for me," that he made sure Gonzalez was rewarded with playoff tickets and a bunch of autographed gear. (Bonner and Gonzalez are both redheads, by the way.)

At least his mom's $75 didn't go to waste.

Do you think schools are going suspension crazy?

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Stacey. Stacey.

Yes, none of those "offenses" deserved ANY kind of punishment. It's a school for goodness sake, those children are not employees. Schools need to let children enjoy their childhoods.

starl... starlight1968

if any of them broke a school rule, were not "ok'd" before hand then they should suck it up and do it.  NOW, if they were ok'd they parent should step up and appeal it.  Kids today think they are adult enough to make decisions and they are NOT.  JMHO.

nonmember avatar happybaby

You seem to think "distracting" isn't a big deal. Kids go to school to learn and if kids were not learning because of this, then something had to be done. I would think a phone call to Mom could have solved the problem, rather than suspension, but schools are damned if they do and damned if they don't. Honestly I am much happier to see them suspend kids more often who are taking away the learning opportunities of those who want to be there. I definitely believe there are some over the top suspensions out there, but many times a suspension is a result of culminating activity (a student was warned numerous times without compliance) and eventually suspension becomes an option. Bottom line is we only are hearing the parents (biased) sides in these stories and we are not at the schools trying to teach when these instances occur. Until then I will not rush to condemn.

Jespren Jespren

No, I don't think any of the above merit a suspention. But schools hand out so many because they are the only possible avenue of discipline most of them have left. They can't enage in corporal punishment, they can't give work details, they can't flunk them, they can't even make them sit in the hall or send them to the principal's office in many cases.

Justa... Justamom283

It was a male growing his hair out for charity not a female that may be why HE was reprimanded. And at the risk of being called a killjoy I think I agree with administrators in this one. There are plenty of other ways to show your support for your favorite team. Buy a jersey if you have $75 to spend. But as parents we know schools are not going to allow different hairstyles. This mom had a hunch too that's why she checked first. Playoff go well into the summer. He could have waited a few more weeks to get the haircut and avoided all the mess with the school.

Stacey. Stacey.

You seem to think "distracting" isn't a big deal. Kids go to school to learn and if kids were not learning because of this, then something had to be done. Honestly I am much happier to see them suspend kids more often who are taking away the learning opportunities of those who want to be there


you really think a hug in a hallway (im assuming bewteen classes) and haircuts take away from kids learning opportunities? Kids in the USA are so blessed w/ MANY opportunities, that to say they're squandered because of a haircut or hug is ignorant. I think the opposite sex is more distracting than anything, why not also have separate public schools for each sex, and make everyone get a crew cut. *eye roll*

Stacey. Stacey.

Jespren



Jespren
on May 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM

No, I don't think any of the above merit a suspention. But schools hand out so many because they are the only possible avenue of discipline most of them have left. They can't enage in corporal punishment, they can't give work details, they can't flunk them, they can't even make them sit in the hall or send them to the principal's office in many cases.

 

Im guessing your school didnt have after school or saturday detention?

Torra... TorranceMom

A mom spent $75 on a haircut for a KID?

Oostera Oostera

How stupid do they think kids are? They seem to think that every child has ADD, or something. What is so distracting about a haircut to the learning process? Why is a hug a bad thing? WTF difference does it make to the school if a child is singing "Sexy and I Know It"? The mother called ahead to ask and the school gave the OK. This is on the school now.


Don't even try to say "schools have so little discipline options now." That's just BS. Schools shouldn't need to discipline, parents should. That's not even the point in these instances. Schools seem to be getting super anal about EVERYTHING. If you make a big deal out of everything then nothing is a big deal.

PonyC... PonyChaser

"Schools shouldn't need to discipline, parents should"


Um. Even parents who DO discipline at home have kids that sometimes require discipline at school. What do you propose for the schools, then?


I agree with you on the haircut kid. If it's true that the parents got the ok, and then the school backtracked, that's on the school. But the LFMAO kid was also shaking bootie at another kid, and had apparently been warned more than once about his behavior. Perhaps suspension was too harsh, but something had to be done, because the other methods hadn't worked. Hugs in the hallway, though, if they are, indeed, *just* hugs... I got nuthin'. That's just stupid.

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