Expelling 1st grader from school due to another childs fighting because of zero
March 4, 2007 4:18pm CST
My granddaughter rides the school bus to and from school. She is in the 1st grade. She is one of the last dropped off and is on the bus for 45 min. to an hour. Her parents car is not reliable so the school bus transportation is needed. The same kid has picked fights with her and other kids for 2 years now. My granddaughter has anxiety attacks and ADHA (not fully diagnosed). One of her coping mechanisms is to scream whenever two people are fighting (argueing) near her. One day on the bus the boy in question, a 5th grader, started picking on the kids near him. My granddaughter says "they were argueing and argueing and then fighting and hitting and I just lost it grandma, I got so scared". She started screaming. Well when all was said and done the next day 10 childern, to include most in lower level grades and the 5th grader and my granddaughter, were expelled from school for 3 days. And to top it off she was given a school bus expulsion to start the day she can return to school. My daughter tried to convince the Principal this was not appropriate and that she felt her daughter did nothing but to allert the bus driver to the fighting. The video tape does not clearly show who started the fighting, but all kids near it said it was the 5th grader. My granddaughter is considered an at-risk child. She has learning disabilities and has been seeing a special teacher for a part of each day to work on her age appropriate development skills. Now she will probably miss 6 days of school because of a zero tolerance rule. That is the rule that is being sited as to why the children are expelled. Do you believe that the Zero Tolerance rule is being abused by our coutries school systems?
5 Mar 07
Oh my. How awful for your granddaughter - and her parents. I am totally in favour of the zero tolerance rule in schools but from the way you explained it, it should not have affected your granddaughter as she was not involved in the actual fight. It sounds like she has enough issues to deal with at school without adding this on top of it. And I can't believe that they will not allow her back on the school bus. The taxes pay for the buses to that children can go to school and now they aren't going to let her on. Sounds rather silly to me. I hope the 5th grader got alot harsher penalties than the other kids did. They should have known better.
• United States
19 Mar 07
That should be appealed to the school board. That is wrong that she was effected that way. She was not part of the fighting and just because she screamed should not be enough to suspend her in such a way. The principal is going over board on it. Maybe he is trying to set an example or something but he's going about it the wrong way. I hope you do take it up with the school board and have it reversed.
• United States
19 Mar 07
I am upset with my daughter as they did not go over the principles head. My granddaughter missed the entire week as they did not even call someone to try to get her a ride to school. I am so frustrated with the school system here right now I could just SPIT!