I have an RSS feed from MSNBC on my desktop and noticed a title that stunned me.
A second grade kid was suspended from school for drawing a stick figure shooting a gun. Now why did they feel the need to suspend him?? I just wonder if they attempted to have the guidance counselor talk to him about this, or if they jumped the gun (no pun intended).
A second grader is usually about 7 or 8 years old. It can be disturbing that your 7 year old is drawing something like that, but suspending him for it is not going to be very effective. In fact, isn’t this a way of sweeping it under the rug.
I believe that our schools are just so quick to punish and ignore rather than acknowledge and understand.
There’s nothing wrong with being proactive, but I think they should have responded differently. I think the guidance counselor should have talked with the kid, then sent the kid home to talk to the parents about it…maybe even scheduled a parent conference within a few days about what kind of follow up plan will be set in place (i.e. close supervision, etc).
I know a lot of kids problems start at home – actually, I think it ALL starts at home. In our society today, things have advanced and only gotten worse for our kids as far as what they feel they need to be like to be accepted. Do I have an iPod? DoI have a cell phone? Am I on myspace? Do I wear bootcut, skinny jeans or highwaters? Are my pants low enough? Am I tough enough? Blah, blah, blah.
I know we all dealt with the same things when we were younger, but I think to a lesser degree. Kids nowadays have gotten more involved in things they shouldn’t be involved in, therefore they use this as ammo against others as to whether or not they’re cool. I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 18. I didn’t get my first computer until I was 18. I never thought about gangs when I was a kid. I still don’t have an iPod.
I guess if I was a kid now, I’d be perceived as the poorest, dorkiest kid for not fitting in.
It does all start at home in teaching your kids morals and values and also earning their respect and giving them the love they need and certainly deserve. If you have this, then you are doing great!! You always add a little more to the recipe of a good kid. There’s no perfect child; you must accept that they’ll do wrong, but it should not outweigh the good. When they steer wrong, then you help them out, don’t lash out.
I think this school lashed out. Shame on them.