11th-Grader Gets Suspended for Tweeting a Harmless Joke During a Standardized Test (VIDEO)

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yolo kidIs 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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amomm... amommy2jack

yeah, he did deserve a suspension for a couple of reasons.  the first and probably most important, he took a picture of a test booklet and tweeted it.  what stopped him from tweeting a filled in page to his friends.  secondly, he tweeted his smart ass comment to administration - during the test.  someone would have surely seen his answer booklet during grading or maybe he could have waited until the test was over?  why did he have his ipad with him during the test and where were the procters when he tookt his photo and tweeted this out.  the administration should hand down consequences to the test procters as well.  this is just another sign of the disrespectful, entitled, smart ass, unapologetic children that are being raised.  if this were my kid, he wouldn't have access to that ipad or any kind of electronics connected to social media for a long, long time.

Rootbear Rootbear

Yeah, using your phone DURING a test? Give me a break. He didn't know he'd get suspended for that? Give me a break. Why doesn't anyone have common sense anymore? 

MsRkg MsRkg

Absoblutely 100% deserved to be suspended.

nonmember avatar crystalmp

When I was in school if you were caught with a cell phone during a taks test it was an automatic 0 no if ands or buts

TeamT... TeamTARDIS

The no phones during testing is clearly stated at the beginning of each testing period. This kid deserved to get suspended.

What a smart ass dumb ass.

lulou lulou

I cant use my ipod for a 5K belly buster because some cheater might be getting instructions fed in from their coach, so have no sympathy here.

Tracey Plummer

I agree with the other commenters. I'm sure it was clearly stated that phones or other electronic devices were not allowed during the test. Sorry if he felt the test was a waste of his time, but obviously someone was going to see his "funny comment" when his test was graded. Taking a photo of the test booklet is a serious breach of conduct during testing. Kids need to show a little bit of respect.

Bloom... Bloomie79

He had an ipad or a phone out during a standardized test, strike one. He tweeted a copy of a very restricted test, strike two. He disrespected his teacher, his classmates, and his school by refusing to take a test that is extremely important for teacher evaluation and funding, strike three. He got what he deserved.

nonmember avatar Mandy

The punishment fit. You are the type of mother teachers hate. Support the administration or it can't support you. It is a rule that students aren't allowed to have electronic devices during those tests so for him to not only have one, use one, and then brag about it is insane. He has taken standardized tests for his entire school career and this has always been a rule. It's about time he learned his actions have consequences. Cafemom needs some teacher bloggers for stuff like this because our perspective is hardly ever shown.

nurse... nursemama88

Um, yeah he got what he deserved.

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