1. At least he’s the only one who got any real press, with all of that unexpected-from-teens rationality and the subsequent injustice. (I have to find the bright side to stuff like this, or I just get angry and probably take a few hours off my life.)

  2. Students given two choices: join protest or sit it out in outdoor study hall.

    One student refuses choices and won’t leave classroom despite knowing there would be consequences.

    This is against school policy about leaving unattended students in building.

    His punishment for breaking rules is one-day suspension.

    What’s the big deal?

    • No big deal. Heck, he had two choices.

      Give it a decade or two and his kid will have one.

      Will it be a big deal then? Or will it be okay as long as the one choice is the “right” choice?

      Just asking now, because then it will be too late.

    • No, just that, however many choices he had inside a public school system, one of them should have been “go to class.” And the arbitrary withdrawal of that choice–that is, being punished for choosing what the school is supposed to be there for in the first place–is a troubling deed no matter how many smiley faces are pasted on its surface and no matter how trivial the actual punishment in this particular case.

      This is especially true in the instance where, on most days, the “choice” is not in the least arbitrary and is limited to the one option–Go To Class– now suddenly being denied.

      If that choice–which is very specifically NOT a choice any other day–can be suspended at random, and you can actually be punished for refusing to submit to this randomness, then what can you NOT be punished for?

      You know, in principal.

      Or, put another way, would it still be no big deal if, forced to choose between attending a nation-wide “pro Second Amendment” walkout sponsored by the NRA….or study hall…the boy in question made the same choice he did here? (In which case I would have found this link on my Outraged Liberal feeds, instead of my Outraged Conservative feeds–and my reaction would have been exactly the same.

      …I should probably mention that I faced a situation that was psychologically (not politically) similar when I was in high school…and also chose not to participate (not because I didn’t have an opinion about the matter at hand, but because I didn’t like being forced to express that opinion in a toxic environment…not even in the relative safety of a circumstance where my opinion was shared by both the majority of my fellow students and the teachers).

      I feel a post coming on….

    • Your implied point is valid, of course — to me, however, it’s about the potentially dangerous precedent being set. The situation concerned heavily biased political pressure rather than education, and presumably, joining the outdoor study hall signified a strong anti-gun control stance, especially when magnified through the melodrama of adolescence. (I can just about remember those days……I think it was around 1850.)

      The kid didn’t want to make a strong statement either way, and there’s just something creepy about the school administration’s insistence that he choose a side. It wasn’t about something trivial like debating over the new school mascot, after all.

      What I’m wondering is: What about the teacher who was getting paid to hang out in the classroom with him? Surely the faculty was on the clock. Isn’t it on them, rather than the students, to ensure that no minors are left unattended? That room’s teacher chose to make a political stand instead of doing the job, but it was the kid who was blamed. Talk about pressure politics intruding on education!

      • A bad situation all around. My feeling is that if the teacher was determined to be absent–or even ordered to be absent (he/she may have been under similar pressure)–then a substitute should have been provided and “going to class” should have been an option.

  3. Short Response: Methinks ye be reading waaay too much into this. The young man would have the same choices if the school was having a pep rally for a football game.

    • Pep rallies, field trips, etc. are a part of normal school activity. Parents/guardians (and students) know they are part of the deal when they decide to put their children in a particular school (or the child decides to attend that school). Unless school administrators inform parents and students before the school year that attending class will not be an option on certain days when political rallies are being held, this is not that.

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