Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fifth Grader "A"

A is a 5th grader in Queens. In class one day in April 2012, he got into a fight with another boy. His teacher broke up the fight and separated the two boys. In the process of trying to get back to the other boy, A hit his teacher. He was suspended and charged with an A34 violation in the Discipline Code. The school recommended a suspension of one year, despite the fact that this is well beyond the maximum disciplinary response allowed under the Discipline Code for A34.

Additionally, the school knew that A's older brother had been killed in December, and A was having an extremely difficult time dealing with his brother's death. Instead of helping A deal with his family tragedy, by offering him more counseling or anger management, the school chose to try to keep A out for one year.

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