Must be something in the water, or maybe it’s the “Jimmy Carter effect.”
First we had Jenni-fraud galavanting around the country claiming she has “issues.” Now a high school in Columbus, Georgia has “issues” of it’s own. The school has suspended a student for 10 days. His offense? Receiving a cell phone call from his mother, who is stationed in Iraq.
“He became very belligerent and very threatening to her” when asked to turn over the phone, Phillips said.
The teen, whom Muscogee County School District Superintendent John Phillips Jr., wouldn’t name, did not tell the teacher he was talking to his mother in Iraq.
The Associated Press identified him as Kevin Francois.
“I’m sure if she was aware of that, she would have acted much differently in dealing with the matter,” Phillips said.
Not telling the teacher is the only offense I see and certainly led to the confrontation. But please, the kid is in the care of a guardian, he didn’t instigate the call, and more than likely his mother didn’t realize she called during school hours. So what the hell is the problem?
It’s the rules stupid:
The student knew it was against school policy to use a cell phone on school grounds, he added.
“We try to protect instructional time. We try to make sure the environment in the school is appropriate,” Phillips said. “The young man knows what the rules and regulations are.”
Instructional time? What was the lesson, PB&J 101, or the barter system by way of trading a one Hostess Twinkie for two pink snowballs?
It was the poor kids lunchtime when the event occured!
UPDATE: ABC News is reporting the original ten day suspension has been reduced to two days.
On Friday, the school district reduced the suspension to three days, which will allow Francois to return to school Monday. School officials received many calls about the incident, said assistant principal Wendell Turner.
“People are fussing at us, calling us names,” Turner said. “We are the school that serves Fort Benning,” Turner said. “We’re well aware of students with parents overseas.”
Poor babies, they’re getting fussed it! And to add to this lunacy, the kid was not only on his lunch hour, but outside the building when he received the call.
Somebody needs to instruct these people in the concept of following “the letter of the law,” and the “spirit of the law.”