Friday, November 23, 2007

Student Suspended For Talking About Nooses

This is a pretty bad case of zero intelligence.

Several kids in a high school band at Lee's Summit High School in suburban Kansas City, Mo. were talking with each other. In Students Suspended For Talking About Nooses we are told:

"Some kids on the drum line said they were talking about the best knots to use to tie up the drum equipment. 'Someone asked if anybody knew how to tie a noose and Travis did admit he knew how to tie a noose,' Kim Grigsby said."

The boy, Travis Grigsby, is almost an Eagle Scout and knows his knots. He explains that you should not tie this knot, because you could get in trouble. Little did he know that you could get in trouble for just admitting you knew the knot.

A black boy in the drum line complained saying he was offended. The school decides to give Travis a ten day suspension. The parents complained and the school reduced the sentence to five days. It is still enough to affect their grades.

The schools are teaching the children that there is no justice, that there is no rule of law and they could be punished when those in authority take a whim.

I wonder how many parents will start homeschooling as a result of this incident.

(Hat tip: : Opinion Journal)


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5 comments:

Marbel said...

These things come up so often now. But I doubt it makes many people think of homeschooling. I think most people think "oh, nothing we can do about it!"

Assuming it all really happened as the mother says, I hope the family sues. I don't like lawsuits, but I think this would be justified.

Wonder if the ACLU would take the case. Haha, just kidding!

Henry Cate said...

You are right that most people are slow to consider homeschooling.

I do think more people are at least seriously thinking about it. All the numbers I've seen show that homeschooling is growing pretty fast. As more people homeschool, more people will consider it.

Locomotive Breath said...

"I wonder how many parents will start homeschooling as a result of this incident?"

Slim to none. LS, MO is an affluent bedroom community of KC, MO proper, has one of the highest rated school districts in the state, and with three modern high schools, is one of the fastest growing cities west of the Mississippi.

I should know. I live here. And all this is news to me. A quick look around local papers and radio has no news of this incident. I guess everyone is too excited about tonight's border war.

Thank goodness for FOX news.

Mrs Mecomber said...

Good blog post. WOW, amazing story!

You asked how many would homeschool after this? Unfortunately, too few.

I ask: I wonder how many will accept that "there is not justice, that that there is no rule of law and they could be punished when those in authority take a whim?

After all, isn't that the true goal of social-engineering within the schools?

Henry Cate said...

"You asked how many would homeschool after this? Unfortunately, too few."

Having followed zero tolerance for a couple years now it is my impression that schools are more frequently doing stupid things like this.

My believe is at some point there will be a straw for many parents. Maybe it will be in a year. Maybe it will be in three or five years. If the schools keep doing stupid things like this, eventually the camel's back will break and many parents will say it is enough.

Part of the goal of this blog is to help educate parents about their options so when they get fustrated they have a place to go.