Schools and communities across the nation are working hard to repairs the damaged educations system and to simply keep kids in school. Slowly but surely some of it’s working. Our nations’ drop out rate is improving, which is good news our nations suddenly finds itself with expulsion and suspension rates at crisis levels.
Though experts have been trying to figure out why we’ve reached crisis levels, I say we need look no further than schools such as Garrett High School, in Indiana. Garrett High is a 600-student school where younger students are given iPads while older ones are sent home with MacBooks. Not exactly your run of the mill middle class neighborhood school.
Don’t let that fool you into thinking this is a great school.
At least not in the eyes of 17-year old senior Austin Carroll who recently found himself expelled from Garrett High. Not for brandishing a weapon, assaulting anyone, defacing property, or even talking back to a teacher. Heck, Austin didn’t even do anything cool like hack into the school’s computer system to change a grade or anything (ala Ferris Bueller).
He tweeted the F— word. Yes, you know the one. He didn’t just tweet the F— word, but he tweeted it from his personal account, from his room around 2:30 in the morning.
That’s it. That’s all he did, now he’s booted from school with only three months left of his senior year. No grad night, graduation with his friends, senior prom and all the other thing a teenager has earned by the end of their senior year.
The school claims that the tweet was made from the school computer, but all evidence (especially the time of tweet) seems to prove Austin’s claim that he tweeted from home on his own computer.
Of course I don’t know this boy at all, my opinion is solely based on a couple of article I read and an interview I saw on the news. I have to say, he seems like a good kid. Not that it matters, because I really can’t see why tweeting the f— word would be grounds for expulsion in any circumstances.
I knew kids who got caught spray painting the f— word and didn’t get suspended.
Now I can see maybe giving this kid a small lesson in internet rules of conduct. That lesson being, what you put out there on the internet for the public to see, is seen by the public. Even people you may not want to see it.
But aside from a talking to, this boy should not have been reprimanded at all. The f— certainly shouldn’t cost him the end of his senior year.
Shame on YOU Garrett High administration. Shame on you all.
So dear experts wondering why we have a sudden increase in expulsions, you may want to ask twitter.
Also? Thank goodness using the f— word wasn’t ground for expulsion when I was in high school. Let’s just say I would’ve been f—ed.