Does the punishment fit the crime?
Sometimes I feel like my husband and I are SO hard on our kids. Obviously...we want to raise good boys. But I think we are so strict a lot of the time because we're scared that we'll have those kids that feel entitled - even worse - we'll have those kids that don't fear consequences. I CANNOT stand kids that don't fear authority. They tend to be disrespectful...rude...and a pain in the butt!
So when I heard about this story out of Ola High School, I naturally agreed with the punishment given to these students. We discussed the story on the air today - and your opinions were split down the middle. Many Ola High School parents agreed that they appreciated the administration holding these students accountable. But several thought the punishment far exceeded the crime.
Here's an excerpt of the story from The Huffington Post ...
Students Arrested After Food Fight At Ola High School In Georgia
While food fights may be the hallmark of the quintessential cafeteria scene in many classic films, in reality, the messy brawls often result in arrests.
On Friday, at least nine Ola High School students were arrested following a colossal food fight that broke out in the cafeteria. Now, parents of those involved are speaking out against the school's strict choice of punishment, WXIA reports.
"I do not condone what Courtney did. I believe she should have been suspended for what happened, but to take her to jail and charge her with a crime, that's just too much," Mark Striplin, the father of one of the Ola students arrested, told WXIA.
The food fight, which ignited during the first lunch period Friday, was allegedly planned in advance. School officials got wise to the scheme and even made an announcement before the incident, warning students to abandon their plans or face the repercussions, the Henry Daily Herald reports.
"It should not come as a shock that they’re facing these consequences," school communications specialist J.B. Hardin told the Herald. "They were warned."
According to Hardin, the food-fight caused damage to the cafeteria and resulted in the injury of one student, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Though the nine students involved were initially charged with inciting a riot, those complaints have been dropped and five of the students, aged 17 and 18, are being charged as adults with disruption of a public school. The four other students involved -- all minors -- were released into their parents' custody.
However, some schools have opted to serve up their own creative punishments on school grounds. In November, a Detroit school stopped serving lunch to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students for one week as a penalty for a enormous food fight that involved 175 students.
What do you think is an appropriate punishment for cafeteria food fights?
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