The school year ended early for Brendan Jones, a 17-year-old Ontario student. He was expelled last week after he wrote an ill-advised short story for his creative-writing exam. The ill-spelled essay featured a female student who took a dislike to her science teacher and clobbered him with a baseball bat.
Instead of flunking Mr. Jones for lousy grammar, the principal kicked him out — presumably for assault with a deadly pen. The school even phoned the police, who showed up apologetically at his parents’ doorstep.
I love this story. It takes me back to a kinder and more innocent time, when people were so hysterical about school safety that kids were expelled for all kinds of non-offences. One 11th-grader penned a dramatic monologue about a bullied kid who plotted to blow up his school. He was arrested, strip-searched, and jailed for a month.
I never dreamed that those would be the good old days.
Today, teachers and school administrators in Toronto tell me about students who (almost literally) get away with murder. Their ability to discipline students who curse out their teachers, run drug rings in the halls, and mug little kids on the way home from school has been crippled by a pendulum that’s swung wildly the other way. Suspensions and expulsions are now no-nos; they are taken as proof that a school is failing its “at-risk” students.
“The penalties today are very vague,” says one veteran school administrator, who doesn’t want to be identified for obvious reasons. “The old penalty for smoking dope was a seven-day suspension. Now you’re supposed to look for ‘extenuating circumstances.’ Is race involved? Age? Does the kid have a learning disability? The confusion is overwhelming.” The current education philosophy is that there are no bad kids – only bad adults who don’t provide the right “supports.” The result is that a handful of disruptive kids can sometimes disrupt an entire school for a long time.
“We’re told that you shouldn’t be suspending unless the student’s continued presence poses a danger to others,” says the administrator. If the kid is just cutting class and running his drug business in the halls, that doesn’t count. And the word “kid” is a misnomer. So long as a student has not yet graduated, the school system is obliged to accommodate him until he turns 21.
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You’ve got to be kidding, Margaret.
Does the Left play stupid or are they really that blinded in their own foolishness?
You expect school in the 21 century Canada to be Beaver Cleaver Land again?
Come now. Let us be frank.
We can’t keep picking apart the human family and expect violence and social breakdown not to become an epidemic. Of course, it’s all one big coincidence to the Left. It means they don’t have to face the uncomfortable truth that nothing can replace strong NATURAL FAMILIES. Not even the State and its surrogate social programs.
Stable families with healthy, well-adjusted kids, MOM & DAD, etc. etc. usually mean a strong country and decent schools. Since the family is merely a microcosm of society, if the family goes to the shits, well, don’t be surprised when the “school system” (is that what they still call it?) goes the same way.
But, you know, we all have to have our freedom and human rights, mannnnnnnnnnnnn.