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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More discretion needed for student discipline

My grandsons were recently awarded a three-day vacation for allegedly vaping on the bus. Coupled by the weekend, it amounts to five days of no school. They were ecstatic. I was livid. Not only because of their alleged activity, but because of the cookie-cutter punishment they received.

I have reached out to school administration about this. My grandson was sent home and not allowed to retrieve homework, even though he is struggling to keep up with the work.

Not knowing the whole story, I feel the school may have made a poor judgment call in giving the boys a vacation instead of administering punishment with real consequences. If the student is given a tangible punishment, like sweeping the floors or scrubbing the black marks off the floors with a brush and a bucket, picking up garbage around the school grounds or some other form of community service, that will leave a lasting memory with the child for the rest of their lives.

Think back. Most of us remember getting into hot water, at some point in our childhood, that resulted in real punishment. Then when we got home our parents had more punishment. We remember.

The principal told me the policy has no room for adjustment and the school board dictated this. The principal has no say. The superintendent had a similar story. However, he did say he would talk to the principals and get back to me.

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I requested a meeting to discuss potential options. I also spoke with several school board members and expressed my concerns, which were well received. I appreciate that they took the time to listen to me and understand my concerns.

Not all children fit the same mold. Cookie-cutter punishment is not the answer. Most parents are working very hard to provide for their families, and don't have the luxury of staying home with their children. Adolescents left at home for days on end will get into mischief, and this will hinder their ability to realize any consequence for the original infraction.

In-school suspension has to be available for the families that don't have the wherewithal to be home with their children at a moments notice. There must be alternatives.

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The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.