Tuesday, May 09, 2006

What?!

That is all I could say right after I heard the story I am about to relay.

The parents of some students of a secondary school are taking the school to court for punishing its entire fifth-form class after some pretty out of hand behavior by a few students. I think the group punishment was that there would be no graduation for the entire Class of 2006. Some parents have expressed their opposition to what they think is an unreasonable action by the school. It appears complaints to school authorities have gotten them no satisfaction and so they have threatened to take the school to court. Yup! The parents are suing the school!

Image hosting by PhotobucketBut the most amazing part of the story is not even this although it is pretty far-out. I wonder if anybody can guess what the original offense committed by the few was. Well the Roman Catholic affiliated school had organized a spiritual retreat for its most senior students. It is a tradition of sort among RC schools here. Anyways the retreat was on and it probably presented an opportunity for introspection by the majority of students. But some of the students of the all-girl school were not having any of that. Spiritual, smiritual...Introspec-wha?

Haahaaa…some girls had other ideas about what they should be doing for the weekend and they were eventually caught sharing among themselves a marijuana cake and porn magazines. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Bad girls! Hahahaha ...I had to laugh the first time I heard the story. But my initial reaction was "WHAT?!"

I mean can't imagine me or any of my peers doing that when we were fifth-formers, which seems like eons ago considering what the kids think they can get away with now. Maybe a page or so of soft porn but a whole flicking marijuana cake?! I mean what the hell was going through these kids’ minds?

But back to the suing parents....The school now is shamed in the public especially because they are an RC run school and they are upset about having the whole purpose of the retreat shot to hell and back. The Principal and school authority then hand down the harsh sentence of no graduation but not to the offending few, mind you. All fifth-formers get to share in the sentence!

And so now some parents, who feel that their children were not involved and had worked hard for graduation, are now fighting the school’s judgment in a court of law. As to whether things can be resolved amicably before it gets too far or whether the parents are just calling bluff is left to be seen. In my opinion, I think the parents may have some reason to gripe though. That group punishment thing is silly especially if you know the culprits and that no graduation is a big black mark on the students’ record if they did nothing wrong. It is case of Petra paying for Paula. Not Fair!

4 comments:

Abeni said...

Something identical happened here a few years ago.It had to do with my alma mater ruling that some students who had dishonoured themselves and the school in public would not grduate.Seeing that the incident involved some children of the upperclass they threatened to take the matter to court.GHS backed down and the offenders graduated

Der Ozzman said...

It's a perfect example of people in autority wielding so much power that they don't know how to handle it. It just doesn't make sense especially as they knew who the offenders were. Well I guess when you have silly admin, you get silly students.

Jdid said...

just punish the offenders and call it a day. still suing the school seems a bit drastic

cahapa said...

Well what I understood was that the school was getting sued by parents who felt their kids had been wrongfully exposed to deliterious stuff when they were supposed to be getting exposed to spiritual stuff Hahahhaha!!! But if parents are suing for the reasons you desribe above then I think they are justiifed. Talk about overkill!!!