Monday, February 29, 2016

Hold the Pepper

While I am often very supportive of children and encouraging ways to find solutions other than entering them in the criminal justice system, there are always exceptions.

 When a child assaults a Teacher they should be charged, they should be required to pay restitution and of course enrolled in an alternative school where their parents are actively engaged in the process to the point that if the student fails the parent is required to complete the sentence requirements. I have no idea what the hell is wrong with kids about their fear of "being in trouble" other than the punishments are not suiting the crime and I suspect that is abuse at home.

When you are cited for a violation for a school indiscretion the worst thing that can happen is suspension. And that is the worst thing you can do. Instead they actually need more school, such as Saturday school, after school and lunch detention. All sports and extra curricular are cut off and the subsequent isolation and ostracizing will be sufficient. So when these young girls did this I think they need more school, not less, they need psychological counseling an parents involved in resolution of this.

As I say much of what children do is a reflection of the adults or lack thereof in their lives.

 How tampering with a teacher’s soda got three 12-year-old girls in Florida arrested
 The Washington Post
By Sarah Larimer February 29 2016

 The 12-year-old girl sent to the principal’s office last week had been accused of pouring glue in another child’s backpack, authorities in Florida say. Plus, her teacher at Deltona Middle School also suspected that the student might have stolen a laptop.

 The girl wanted to get back at the teacher, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. And so, after that visit to the principal, investigators claim, she brought crushed red pepper to school That’s where she and two other students laced the teacher’s soda with the hot pepper, authorities say, leaving the woman with an itchy, sore throat and stomach pains.

 The three students have been hit with criminal charges and were arrested Friday, the sheriff’s office said. “It should be noted, this act was done in retaliation for the teacher upholding her duties and responsibilities as a teacher, maintaining control of her classroom and attempting to protect the other children from [the student’s] unacceptable behavior,” investigators wrote in the charging affidavits.

Two of the girls, including the student sent to the principal, were charged with poisoning food or water and tampering with consumer products, the sheriff’s office said. The third girl was charged with tampering with consumer products and being a principal to poisoning food or water. All three are 12, authorities say; according to the Orlando Sentinel, they’re all in the seventh grade.

“My students and I are very close,” the 52-year-old teacher, Jayne Morgan, told WFTV in a statement. “For the sake of education, for the sake of my school, other teachers in the classroom, and for the sake of students themselves, children need to know there is a right and a wrong. “This is illegal. I could have died.”

Morgan also told the Sentinel that the school’s principal has been “very supportive.” The incident occurred Feb. 23, when Morgan was drinking a can of Mountain Dew, according to the charging documents. She felt a “hot scratchy sensation” in her throat after drinking the soda, which she had opened and left on her desk. “Morgan’s throat felt like it was closing and felt like her airway was constricting, causing her to have shortness of breath,” the narrative reads.

“Morgan took another drink from the soda hoping to help clear her throat, ultimately making matters worse.” That’s when she poured the drink in a clear plastic cup and spotted the pepper flakes, according to the documents.

Authorities suspect that the girl who had been sent to the principal earlier in the week swiped the soda can off her teacher’s desk. A second girl tossed in the pepper. A third student distracted the teacher as the plot was unfolding, authorities say.

 A Volusia County schools spokeswoman said the district was “taking appropriate disciplinary action.” “Due to student confidentiality, we cannot disclose what type of disciplinary action will be taken,” a statement from the district said.

“The policy requires law enforcement to be notified if ‘the offense is a criminal act under Florida law where the act posed a serious threat to school/student/employee safety.’ We fully cooperated with law enforcement as they conducted their investigation.”

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