Stupid Public School Officials
Kevin Francois got a call from his mother during his lunch break at school. A teacher saw Francois on the phone and demanded he hang up on his mother. Francois refused, and the teacher tried to take the phone (resulting in the phone disconnecting). Ultimatley Francois was suspended. Here is the punchline: Francois’ mother was calling from Iraq. Sgt. 1st Class Monique Bates, Kevin Francois mother, has been in Iraq since January. Francois even told the teacher it was his mother from Iraq. The end result is that Francois has been suspended for 10 days.
Granted Francois probably wasn’t behaving at his best (he reportedly used profanity when brought into the office), but sheesh is this stupid or what? Why couldn’t the teacher have waited until Francois was done talking to his mother, she is in Iraq afterall, then tell him the policy and take him to the office to work out some sort of arrangement where Francois could take calls from his mother. No profanity, polite, and problem solved in an adult manner. Instead some idiot teacher had to over-react. The teacher is the adult and based on the facts so far sounds like he behaved in a childish manner. I’d say, at the very least suspend the teacher for 10 days too. Of course, that won’t happen.
Update: Michelle Malkin seems to have come to a similar conclusion.
Smoother “conversating” between the student and administration might have led to a better resolution.