March 14, 2007

And the fun continues in Philly ...

Girl hits principal at N. Phila. school is a headline in the Philly Inquirer today. The offender is a special ed. student and as such can only be suspended for a maximum of fifteen days total for the entire school year. Any further measures have to be approved by the state.

How 'bout that? You can be one of the most disruptive and violent kids in the school, but if you're a special ed. student, fifteen days is all you can be put out of school. Too bad for all those other kids in the building, eh?

Also occuring in Philly schools the last couple days:

  • At Olney High, a 16-year-old female student slammed a teacher's hand in a door after the teacher asked the girl to leave class.
  • At Emlen Elementary in Germantown, a teacher trying to break up a fight was punched twice by a female student.
  • On Monday, a 14-year-old student pulled a teacher's arm after the teacher took a bookbag from the student, police said.

Perceptive Statement of the Day courtesy of Philly Schools CEO Paul Vallas:

"Clearly, kids are getting much more physical and they're becoming much more violent. We definitely live in a different time."
Posted by Hube at March 14, 2007 05:59 PM | TrackBack

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Well back in my day these kids were expelled or sent to "juvie" school. . I know why you can't expel anybody anymore but I wonder why there aren't more pre-felon reform schools. Posted by: Duffy at March 15, 2007 08:11 AM

Number three is stretching it a bit. Pulled her arm? Anyone might touch the arm of someone who is walking away in the middle of a confrontation. I'd have to hear more on that one. The strange thing for me, is that kids in general seem less likely to get physical over stuff but those who do don't seem to have the old boundaries about with whom and when to stop.


Posted by: jef at March 15, 2007 04:13 PM

It used to be that teachers did all the beating -- now the students do. What's wrong with this picture? We don't beat on students anymore because we respect them. It seems that now they don't respect us.

Posted by: Al at March 16, 2007 10:08 PM