Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Lansingburgh Senior High School(NY) is run by a bunch of morons

Matthew Whalen, a senior at Lansingburgh Senior High School, says he follows the Boy Scout motto and is always prepared, stocking his car with a sleeping bag, water, a ready-to-eat meal — and the knife, which was given to him by his grandfather, a police chief in a nearby town.

But Lansingburgh High has a zero-tolerance policy, and when school officials discovered that Whalen kept his knife locked in his car, he says, they suspended him for five days — and then tacked on an additional 15 after a hearing

Got that? 20 days, for a pocketknife in a survival kit locked in his car.

The school district's policy lists "Possessing a weapon" under "examples of violent conduct," which "may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school."

School district officials did not reply to requests for comment.

Whalen says Macri gave him the longest suspension possible — five school days.

"They gave me the five-day suspension, because that is all a principal can suspend a student for," he said. "And from there, they had a superintendent hearing to see if the superintendent wanted to suspend me for longer.

"But the superintendent wasn't even at the hearing. It was the principal and the athletic director. The vice principal who originally suspended me wasn't even there, and neither was the superintendent. They basically asked me, 'Did you have the knife in your car?' And I said 'Yes, I did.' The meeting was recorded and they told me they were going to play the tape to the superintendent.

"They asked me if I wanted to say anything, and I told them all my accomplishments and what I've done, and the principal even admitted that I had no intent to use the knife, that I had no accessibility to the knife."

But school officials decided to suspend Whalen for an extra 15 days anyway, he said. And unless the decision is changed, he will not be allowed on school grounds until Oct. 21.

And, for the Strong Contender for Cowardice and Idiocy in a School District,
Whalen said he does not know why the 15 days were added, but he said a school district employee told him it was because the school wanted to apply its policies consistently.

"I've been told by someone who works for the district that they had to do it, because if someone else had a knife and they saw that I didn't get a suspension, that it would look bad for the school
Yeah, God forbid the principal or superintendent have to actually think, or make judgements and decisions; how would school operate if that was the case?

Noted by Insty as 'another idiotic zero-tolerance story'. To say the least.


Titan Mk6B said...

When I was in grade school if you had asked for a show of hands of who had a knife in their pocket at least half would have gone up. Hell, I even had teachers borrow mine from time to time.

Anonymous said...

I say we search all the faculty members cars and their desks to see who has nail clippers or a letter opener, maybe even a knife. Then what? If I were that young mans parents I would demand a proper hearing that the superintendant would have to attend. I would also make sure the public and the news media had access. In the mean time someone in the area where he lives needs to offer to home school him and help him stay caught up on his work.

tab007 said...

Someone who knows how should start a Fire George Goodwin web site. We need to be encouraging young men like Matthew Whalen not allowing a boob like Goodwin to oppress them. Watch the movie Scent of a Women where Al Pacino puts an empty suit like Goodwin in his place.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know why Whalen was singled out in the first place. Sounds to me like it was an easy guess by a left wing anti-military teacher or Vice principle who wanted to push this kid around.
So why was he singled out. Was it a jealous school chum who said he had a knife or was it an official at the school with an anti-military chip on his shoulder?
What a shame. And they wonder why people home school their kids.
K4Melvis MS