Wednesday, November 7, 2007
High school autocrat of the month.
A Chicago-area high school principal suspended and threatened to expel two dozen students who took part in a protest against the Iraq war at school. The principal claims that the protesters were suspended for disruption, not for expressing their views — although the students say they moved the protest at the administration's request and police officers on the scene said the protest was peaceful and orderly. It gets better, though:
Parents also complained that deans, teachers and coaches singled out certain athletes and honor students and persuaded them to drop out of the protest.
Rita Maniotis, president of the school's parent-teacher organization, said the school called her husband to say that their daughter, Barbara, a junior, was participating in the protest and that he should come to get her. He did so, and she was suspended for five days. But other parents were not called and not able to intervene, Ms. Maniotis said. "There's no rhyme or reason to the punishment doled out," she said.
("Students call protest punishment too harsh," Crystal Yednak, New York Times 11.7.07)
Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 7 November 2007 at 8:11 AM