Is there NOTHING a kid won't get suspended for these days? Hairstyles, Hello Kitty Bubble "Guns," pretending to blast imaginary bad guys with imaginary weapons, bringing a butterknife to cut your fruit because otherwise your braces make it too hard to eat ... and now, writing "YOLO" on a test paper. Along with -- gasp! -- a SMILEY FACE. Yes, apparently having a sense of humor in high school is now sternly frowned upon -- but Kyron Birdine, a junior at Arlington High School in Texas, didn't know it would get him suspended.
See, Birdine was kind of annoyed about being forced to take the newly implemented STAAR standardized test, and I don't blame him: His class will graduate under TAKS testing standards, so his performance on the STAAR test won't have any influence (good OR bad) on his graduation or college options. Birline felt, understandably, like taking the STAAR was a huge waste of his time -- time that could have been spent studying for the TAKS test, which actually matters.
So in the essay portion of the test he wrote, "I have the TAKS test to study for, not this unneeded craziness," adding "YOLO" and a smiley face for good measure. Then he snapped a pic with his iPad and tweeted it to both the Arlington Independent School District and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Good for you, kid! Stand up for what you believe!
Ha, just kidding! Standing up for what you believe in will get you pulled out of class and suspended for 4 days because that harmless tweet is considered a "breach of security." What?! And then the school district released the following (ridiculously overblown) statement:
Today there was an incident with a student tweeting a picture of an answer booklet for a STAAR field test. We have made an initial report of the incident to TEA and will continue to investigate further. The student has been punished in accordance with district disciplinary procedures.
Honestly, as a parent, this makes me sick. If I were Kyron's mom, I would be absolutely livid. It's getting to the point where kids aren't allowed to express themselves at all!
Do you think this kid deserved to be suspended?
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