Detroit is such a lovely city (well, technically the suburb Dearborn Hts.). Their schools are in such great shape and they have crime so under control that they have time to bother with possibly ruining the life of a young woman who forgot she had her Grandfather’s pocketknife in her backpack. Or at least dealing a heck of a blow to someone who was on track to escape from that failing city. (no offense intended to anyone who may reside in the 313, unless you vote for the status quo).
“Because it is illegal to carry any weapon on school grounds for any reason—even with good reason, or by accident—she was promptly expelled. The Board of Education eventually relented, but only slightly: Haynes is still suspended for the rest of the year, but will be able to take online classes and graduate. That’s hardly an improvement, given that Haynes is actively involved in extracurricular activities at her school.”
According to the MyFox Detroit, District officials say their hands are tied:
“Every discipline issue that comes to us as a school board is a blow to a student,” said. Tim Thieken, District 7 superintendent. “I think that she presented her case tonight but at the same time, as a school board, we are upheld by the state of Michigan to uphold the laws of the state of Michigan.”
Forgive me if my sympathy lies more with the student and less with you Mr. Thieken. If you really are so bothered by the policies you have to enforce, and really want to do what is best for the student, then you would be on the next bus to Lansing demanding the freedom to run your district in a fair manner and in a way that has your students’ best interest at heart.
If not, then you Sir are part of the problem and it is time for you go. You and your colleagues are worthy only of our scorn. Atiya Haynes deserves better than you.
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posted in response to Billy’s comment below: