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Teacher Naps, Student Gets Suspended

Teacher Naps, Student Gets Suspended


Just yesterday I wrote about the dangers of texting on your cell phone while driving.

Today I bring you the dangers of snapping pictures on your cell phone while learning…well while in the classroom.

At Mustang Mid-High School in Oklahoma City, a ninth-grade student was suspended for taking a picture of his substitute teacher sleeping during class. The picture was discovered on a social media site and then reported to the principal.

According to a statement from the school, “A student may possess a telecommunication device while on school premises but the use of a telecommunication device is not permitted during the school day.”

While I understand not allowing students to use their cell phones at school, I think the more egregious offense here is a teacher sleeping while on the job.  As someone who works with middle and high school students on a daily basis I know firsthand how unsafe it is to leave a classroom of students unattended, not to mention the fact that the students were obviously not under instruction or being productive during the school day. It seems unfair to me to suspend a student for not following school rules when the teacher wasn’t awake to enforce them.

What do you think? Should the student have gotten suspended?


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6:53AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

I agree with Allana M.'s comment. They should have given the studend detention, because suspension would just give him time off to sleep, watch TV, or text all day.

I think they should keep him in the principal's office all day to keep an eye on him.

As for the substitute teacher, I don't think she will be called on again to come in!!!

2:09PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Total BS! They clearly suspended him due to embarrassment over their pathetic teaching staff as a way to assert their authority.

1:11AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

The student got a real life education for sure, no "good" deed goes unpunished

1:05AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

the truth is always punished

10:38AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

I can understand students not being allowed to take photos in class BUT this wasn't just for "fun". It was to prove a point. The student should have taken the photo to the principal that day to let him/her know what was going on in that class room. Posting it on a media site wasn't the best idea but thgis is a kid. They don't always make the right decisions. He should not have been suspended, in my opinion. The teacher should have.

1:51AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

I want to follow up on Egore R.'s remark about calling 911. Would the kid have been suspended for photographing a teacher striking a student? Or inappropriately touching a student?

Kids have First Amendment rights -- limited, true, but they still have them. And taking photos of teacher misconduct is one of the few ways the testimony of a minor can be rendered credible in court. Supporting testimony from OTHER minors tends to be disbelieved.

The priorities of this school's administration seem to be muddy, indeed.

11:46AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

Why wasn't the sub teacher punish? This seems rather harsh since it was evident that the teacher wasn't aware what was happening in the classroom.

8:51AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

Hopefully the teacher was somehow disciplined as excuse for sleeping on the job.

5:22AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

considering the teacher was sleeping while this hapened, the student should have only gotten a detention, not a suspension. if the teacher was awake, the situation could have been prevented!

besides, a suspension is just a vacation for teenagers these days, and considering the kid was playing with a cell phone, hes likely not the kind of kid who WANTS to be in the classroom... give him extra class time, not take it away

3:54AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

i know the school you are not supposed to use phones during class time, but if it is an emergency it should be no option, and maybe the kid should not posted in the social media, but the teacher was no being ethical about his so call professional job, what kind of example is he setting to his students really, if you need more sleep call in sick, maybe he party the night before or drank haha never know lol

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