Here’s your latest brain-dead bureaucratic foul-up: A freshman Osbourn Park High School student gets caught having penicillin in his gym bag, so they throw the whole “zero tolerance” stupid book at him and suspend him for five days. Yes, it’s a serious problem when students bring prescription medications prescribed to them into school, moreso than say recruiting people into gangs and stuff, so they have to whack the guy over the head to make sure that they adequately discourage anyone else from bringing assault pills to school.
WJLA has a good article up on this with this money quote:
“And the penicillin was in the original bottle, prescribed to him, with his name on it, in an outside pouch, and they find that,” Erica says. “And they suspend him for five days? He didn’t even realize it was in there.”
Now I get that if there was any reason to suspect that someone brought their own prescription meds into school so they could sell them, that would be a problem. This is penicillin, though. Who in the heck is going to try to get a buzz off chomping down on antibiotics?
Compare this to the punishment meted out to the classmate whose conduct probably constituted misdemeanor assault and battery when she started wrenching the soft cast on my daughter’s arm last week: Nothing. Not that I’m a fan of doing anything more than having teachers and administrators give kids a strong talk in either of these cases, but if anyone’s getting suspended here, it’s not the one with the antibiotics in his gym bag.
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