What are your thoughts on school suspension?

United States
May 18, 2007 1:20pm CST
When I was in school I knew kids that would cut school or starts fights just to get suspended. Why? Because they got to stay home for a week. I don't see the logic in suspension,I mean it's like giving the kid a reward of being at home instead of at school. What does that accomlish? I believe nothing. I think instead those kids should be on the freeway picking up trash or voluntering for some other type of community service. Give them something that they don't want to do,so they are less likely to break the rules again. To me suspension is just pointless
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
18 May 07
When I went to school suspension was just as you described. Now if you get suspended from school ~ at least in my town~ the kids get in school suspension which means they have to go to school from 3pm-10pm and they have police guards there to keep the kids straight. If they continue to get suspended, they get out of school suspension which is when they are sent to our BOCES school and must attend school there.
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• United States
18 May 07
Yea its been awhile since I attended school. I hope they have changed the suspension rules. I know when my kids get to junior high or high school they will actually get punished (in house suspension) rather then rewarded (regular home suspension). I want them to learn from their mistakes not wan to tdo them over and over again.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
19 May 07
really? i am from NY, and suspension meant you take your a$$ home and let your parents deal with you. i never was suspended from school because my mother didn't play that. and she put the fair of her and the Lord in me. the kids now think that their parents are their friends and they don't have to listen or respect them
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
19 May 07
Yeah, when I was in school suspension was at home also, but not now. I agree with you. The kids today have no respect for their elders like we did.
@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
19 May 07
Hi there, I am a Vie-Principal at an elementary school...so I am the one that hands out suspensions. For the most part I agree with you. The least favourite thing about my job is to hand out suspensions. There are only 2 reasons they are given. 1) As a learning opportunity for the student 2) As a learning opportunity for the parents. Often the parents do not work to help reign in their child's behaviour. In this case a suspension is given with the hope that this point will be made. Most of what I give are called in-school suspensions. The students still come to school, but do their work at the office. cheers
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
19 May 07
Yea, I skipped shcool and got suspended. What a punishment. Thats what I was doing anyways.
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@GardenGerty (102535)
• United States
19 May 07
I think there is more point in in school suspension, and less of an inclination to use it for goofing off. If we put them doing community service, it might be a deterrent, but we would have to provide extra insurance, and a staff to supervise. Now, community service within the school, or on school grounds might be a different story.
• United States
20 May 07
I agree,and doing in in front of their peers might have a bigger impact.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
19 May 07
Hi caligirl408, you said it just the right way. Suspension is a joke, it gives the kids a free vacation. When I was in school that is what was done, but back then, the kids were supervised by Mother, who was a homemaker. Depending on the Mother, the child did not have freedom, they were not at home alone. Nowadays, with most Mothers' out of the home at work, the kids do whatever they want to. My granddaughter recently got 2 days suspension but what they do in her school is suspend the child into another classroom. They are given the work from their own class that they must complete during the time they are suspended. They do not get the option to be at home, mostly by themselves where they can watch TV all day and just do nothing. They have to take responsibility for their actions within the school building. Others are shown by example. This is what you will face if you do anything to get suspended. To me it is a good wake up call. Thanks for the good discussion. My thought is that I like the suspension in my granddaughter's school, it tells the kids, suspension is not going to be a fun thing! Take care...
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
23 May 07
Hi caligirl408, How are you doing tonight? Thank you for the best response...take care...tsgirl01
• India
19 May 07
i don't think that scholl suspension should be removed as a punishment but something should be added with it....i think the students who will be undergoing this punishment should also be banned from using school facilities unless they take there proper lessons.
• Norway
19 May 07
They should give the detension or extra school because thats what they dont want or they could even send the worst ones to spesial schools where there is spescial educationed people who knows how to handle kids like that.
@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
19 May 07
i find suspension these days pointless as well, the kids that do something wrong need to still go to school and have like a detention or something there or do something for the community. why should they get to stay home, its just a treat for them. also if they stayed at school they could be given extra work, pick up rubbish stuff like that.
19 May 07
in our school we have a very stupid program for high school it is called smart school it is the stupidist thing ever if you miss school for doctors appointments or being admitted to the hospital they will take away your days our school only has 8 days a year make you go to smart school doing no school work no school credits you can read a book for an entire school day but the next year you will start the school year over not pass to the next grade
• Philippines
19 May 07
I've experienced school suspension when i was in 4th year highschool. I was a bit troublesome when i was in that age. I think school suspension didn't do me anything extraordinary like change my life or something like that. School suspension was the bitter way of school. teaching bad students how to be disciplined. guess what it didn't affect me. students are always the foundation of a school and they are afraid to lose one!
• United States
19 May 07
I always thought IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS) was the smart way to go. I agree with you, being tossed out to do what you want, most of the time both parents work anyways so the kids' not even stuck at home with a griping parent! ISS keeps them in school, in a room alone or with a few others, all day like a convict. Afterwards they could all go together and do a community service, whether it's picking up garbage or feeding the homeless, etc.
• United States
19 May 07
That is like sending the student on vacation. I think they should be put to work.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
19 May 07
I agree, I think suspending a kid is too much like a reward. Some schools now have ISS (in school suspension) where they have like detention all day...they go to a seperate classroom (where they still do their work), have a seperate lunch period and get no recess. I think that is alot better idea to use. LIVE IN PEACE
@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
19 May 07
I was suspended at school first couple of times I still had to attend school but stay in the office doing school work... Which at least I was still learning than I got enteranally suspended away from school and did not attend for a month They let me back and than they sent me to this special school for chiuldren with problems in main stream schools for a year and than I was able to return... That school Helped it set me straight after awhile, especiually seeing others worse than me and made me think I don't want to be like them..... Schools should do reports/surveys on past problem students and work out some good strategies to help the currnt students.... There is usually more to the story than meets the eye and teachers don't usually see pass that. It can be hard for them at the same time as students get protective and rebell.... Overall there should be more thought put into it...
@ZenDove (698)
• United States
19 May 07
The point behind suspension, in-school or out, is the black mark that goes on your school record. Of course, most of these school aged trouble makers are either too short-sighted or truly don't care about college to realize the long term effect on their records. It would actually be unfair to have these kids volunteering or doing something else productive in the community because they don't deserve the advantages this would have on their records! Ironic, isn't it? You break a rule, get suspended and end up with a school record that shows strong community involvement! LOL School suspension is ineffective only when students and their parents do not care about future prospects.
• United States
18 May 07
I agree with you 100%. Suspension is pointless. The child is missing out on learning and just relaxing for a week. I also enjoyed getting suspended in highschool. For a whole week I got to sleep late and relax. How could I complain? I think community service is a good idea and another poster mentioned having them stay after school which is another great idea. I know I would hate to have to stay in school longer then required.
@starr4all (2865)
18 May 07
While I was going to school it was in school/out of school suspension. But what people forget is it goes on your school record. Doesn't colleges get to see your records?