An “A” student at Southampton Middle School in VIrginia received a one-day suspension last Thursday, February 24, for holding en exterior door open for a visitor.
Yes, you read that correctly!
Doors May Only Be Opened By Machines, Not People
By doing the polite thing and opening the door for an adult whom he knew, this youngster was violating the school security policy, under which doors may only be opened centrally after visitors are vetted by a CCTV camera.
According to an anonymous e-mail sent to The Tidewater News, the “A” student opened the door for a woman he knew, who had her hands full. The e-mail also indicated the student received a one-day, out-of-school suspension.
Smith said he could not confirm the story for confidentiality reasons. Superintendent Charles Turner said he did not know all the details behind the suspension.
Turner said the policy that prohibits anyone from opening doors was part of making the security system work.
“If it happens, it’s defeated,” he said. “You have to have a system, and that system has to be consistent. We have to stay within the rules and stay secure.”
Turner explained that part of the school district’s mission is to provide a quality education in a safe environment.
“We looked at what we’re doing in our schools for safety and looked at what others have done,” he said.
That’s why the security system was installed initially at the secondary schools and then the elementary schools.
What Did This Student Learn At School That Day?
What sort of lesson does Mr. Turner think this young man learned from this incident?
I can only imagine that the school must be filled with all “A” students, so administrators have to search hard for someone to suspend. Have they nothing better to do with their time than such idiocies?
The Student Was An Even Better Security System
Lenore Skenazy was spot-on in her Free Range Kids blog yesterday:
And yet, what the school fails to understand is that the student was an even BETTER security system! The student has a heart, a brain and hands.
This incredible carbon-based security system can open the door when that makes sense! It can create a climate of warmth, help and connectedness that a locked door, even operated by remote control from the front office, cannot.
We are happier and safer when we connect, rather than we assume we’re all in dire peril and must outsource our humanity to excessive rules and machines.
I second that. What do you think?
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