Saturday, November 06, 2010

Kind of over reacting don't you think?

Joanne Jacobs reports about a Teen suspended for riding horse to school:

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To celebrate school spirit week, a Boston-area high school student dressed up as a knight and rode his family’s horse around the school. Dan DePaolis, 17, was suspended for two days for endangering the student body; a friend, who dressed as a squire and led the horse at a sedate walk, got a one-day suspension and two hours of community service.
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Our society sends conflicting messages. Some times a seventeen year old is treated like an adult, and other times they are treated like a little child.

If this was against the rules I can kind of see some slap on the wrists. The thing that really jumped out at me was the father reported that:

"They told my son it's the equivalent of bringing in a loaded firearm to school."

Humm, a gun and a horse. They sure seem different to me.

Here's a video of the ride to school:



I wonder what would have happened if he had rode the horse to one of the local university.

3 comments:

Mrs. C said...

Horse poop! Health hazard! Eeek!

amy in peru said...

amazing.

I agree with and am frustrated by this:

"Our society sends conflicting messages. Some times a seventeen year old is treated like an adult, and other times they are treated like a little child."

Mixed messages are so prevalent these days and not just for young people, but pretty much whichever traditional role we might examine!

Anonymous said...

Actually, it is against the rules. You aren't supposed to bring animals to the school.

I do agree that the punishment was a bit much, however.