Sometimes, even the most diligent students have to skip classes for various reasons. Everyone went through the stage when we didn’t like the school rules and wanted to break them. However, the school in Oklahoma is different from the rest because of its more rigorous discipline system. You can be easily arrested for skipping your classes!
Recently, the public was surprised with a story that occurred at Muskogee Public School, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The institution arrested its 14-year-old high school student because of 20 absences. When the boy appeared at school, he was handcuffed and taken to a community intervention center.
The student’s mother, Stephanie, was furious. She claimed this was her fault only, and the school had no right to punish the child.
I could visibly see marks on his wrists. Even if it’s 20, they shouldn’t have handcuffed him in front of everybody.
The woman thinks that she is the only one to blame because the son can’t drive independently. Moreover, when the boy was sick, the school didn’t always take note of it. There were notes from the doctor for most of the missed days.
Muskogee Public School declined to comment on the case, but the communications director, Steve Brown, provided quite an extensive message:
That’s Oklahoma state statute. It’s been on the books for decades now.
According to Brown, if you miss more than 4 days in four weeks, this can lead to problems. On the 5th day of absence, parents should appear in school and sign a special paper. Otherwise, such students are simply sent to the center where the parents have to pick them up and sign the necessary documentation.
Stephanie understands that missing school is bad, and that there should be consequences for it, but she considers such measures too cruel and unacceptable for children. Public humiliation is unlikely to contribute to their negative academic performance.
Being away from school doesn’t necessarily affect learning progress, since the reasons can be different. Do you think the school did the right thing to punish the student in this way? Share your thoughts in the comments.