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Politically Correct Dysfunction: Our Schools Are Victimizing Our Children

Tuesday, 21 May 2002 12:00 AM

There is the case of the 11-year-old honor student in Pennsylvania. She failed her vocabulary test. Her mother had advised her to express her anger in writing or drawing. She did just that by drawing a picture with two stick figures representing her teacher and substitute teacher.

The problem was they were drawn on a gallows with arrows through their necks. The teacher saw the drawing and the school suspended the girl because of what it called a "terrorist threat."

All that was needed was a conference with the parents and student in the principal's office to make it clear that this was unacceptable. Instead, the three-day suspension simply "stuffs" the problem and is likely to make the child more hostile toward the school. Where is the thought???

Then there was the 7-year-old boy who stabbed four of his classmates with a pencil in Florida. He was expelled for the remainder of the year. That seemed to be enough of a punishment, and hopefully, the school had the sense to have the child learn to deal with his anger. None of the students was hurt, so the matter should have been resolved.

Not so when Political Correctness is the driving force. The county prosecutor decided to prosecute this 7-year-old for "felony aggravated assault"!!!

Then, of course, there was the kindergarten class in California where there was blood found in the lavatory used by the children. The parents were naturally outraged when they found out the principal brought the 17 children to the nurse and required each to take their pants off or lift up their dresses in order to determine which child had been bleeding.

It turns out the blood was from a child with a small cut on her knee. There was no thought to the humiliation these children faced at the expense of the school administration covering its posterior end!

Even more humiliating was the case of the high school dance in San Diego where the girls attending were required by the vice principal to lift their skirts or dresses to determine whether they were wearing thongs. What in the world gives a school the right to inspect the private parts of a student for such an inane reason? In a free society, no one is required to wear

The issue is whether there is behavior that should be sanctioned by the school. Only parents have any authority over minors and what undergarments they wear. Many parents rightfully wanted this vice principal fired.

As a former educator in the public schools and at the college level, I am appalled at the reprehensible behavior of our school administrators and the decisions they are making in the name of Political Correctness. Maybe they will learn that these behaviors are irrational and Humanely Incorrect.

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