People in charge of classes, schools, and school districts usually want to do the right thing. Many times, though, they do not seem to use common sense when it comes to discipline. The main problem is usually that the make a mistake in matching the severity of the consequence with the severity of the infraction. Here are some more stupid school stories that show how generally smart people can sometimes do stupid things:
*Medical School Dean caught giving a plagiarized speech at a graduation banquet. The Dean of the University of Alberta's medical school was caught when some students decided to google something that was said during his speech and found the entire speech to be plagiarized from an article in New Yorker magazine. (2011)
*New Mexico counselor's mistake keeps student from graduating. A student could not graduate from her high school in New Mexico because a counselor accidentally told her that she had enough credits to graduate when she was actually half a credit short. (2013)
*Florida Student Denied Diploma for 'Tebowing' at High School Graduation. A student at a Florida high school was told that he could not receive his diploma until he cleaned the gymnasium where the graduation was held for 'Tebowing' (kneeling in a pose of prayer) at the ceremony when he went to receive his diploma. The reason given was that it might lead future students to do something worse.
*Cleveland student can’t graduate because he helped sick mom. A student was not allowed to graduate because he went over the absence limit by two days because he was taking his sick mother to cancer treatments. (2012)
Sometimes mistakes are made, by both students and adults alike. The important thing is for the people in charge to use common sense when applying consequences for these mistakes. Too many of them get so set on following rules to the letter that common sense is often thrown out the window.
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