Double standard

At a school in Ohio, a sixth grader was suspended for bringing the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue to school. The boy’s mother had refused to let him spend two days at an alternative school for violating the school’s sexual harassment policy.

At a Washington high school, a teacher-coach who “pantsed” a basketball player in practice, and then complimented her “butt,” received a verbal reprimand despite previous complaints she’d made sexual remarks to students.

In the zero tolerance era, children are punished for minor misjudgments that could be handled by a warning. But they don’t see the same standard applied to teachers who make more serious errors in judgment.

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  1. Good points, but just to be pedantic, the S-I swimsuit episode was in Ohio, and the pantsing in Washington State.

    The Seattle Times recently did an investigative series about sexual abuse by coaches, which prompted the state legislature to mandate more disclosure of such incidents and background checks. The state superintendent wants to exclude teachers and certificated coaches from some of these requirements, even though those are the ones responsible for most of the incidents.


  2. Walter Wallis says:

    She didn’t have a nice butt?

  3. John from OK says:

    The relevent word here is “she’d”. “He’d” would have been fired. “She’d” is just trying to create more lesbians to fight the patriarchy.

    Sorry, bad mood today.

  4. Bill Leonard says:

    The teacher/coach clearly was out of line. But I’m equally concerned about the 6th-grader who was suspended for bringing the SI swimsuit issue to school.

    Nonverbal sexual harrassment? This is so obviously another case of a bureaucrat with far too little common sense and far too much authority wielding that authority in an absolutely ham-fisted way. Why couldn’t the teacher — or the administrator — simply have suggested the kid keep the magazine out of sight and take it home with him that afternoon? As to the comment by the administrator that he’d never seen anything like that before, one wonders what cave or post office box he’s living in, and how old he is. The SI swimsuit issue has been published for what, 30 years now?

    I have no use for frivolous lawsuits, and I think there are far too many such suits filed. That said, I firmly believe a lawsuit should be filed by the parents every time an administrator or teacher pulls some truly mindless stunt such as this. Such people simply don’t belong on the public payroll in any capacity.

  5. A magazine like that would have been considered contraband at my school, but a kid wouldn’t have been suspended for it. It would merely have been confiscated.

  6. Laura (southernxyl) says:

    The SI swimsuit issue has been published for a while, but it’s my understanding that it ain’t what it used to be. For example, some of the models wear only body paint. If that school administrator eschews pornography, like many decent people do, he may well have seen nothing like it before.

    The women in that issue are dressed for a sport, all right, but it ain’t swimming.

  7. So sixth-graders are expected to exercise better judgement than teachers?

  8. Laura (southernxyl) says:

    I think everybody is supposed to exercise good judgement. As pointed out in an earlier post, these are two separate schools.

  9. Laura (southernxyl) says:

    By the way, until I read the article, I didn’t realize that “pantsing” meant the teacher pulled the girl’s shorts down in front of other people, including males.

  10. Bill … the school was in gosh, golly, Ohio … it’s entirely possible that the administrator never saw such a thing.

    In any event … a little bit of over reacting in middle America I’d say and as for the pantsing deal … I’d have her ass in a sling (figuratively of course).

  11. Laura (southernxyl) says:

    I don’t know that it really is over-reacting in middle America. Most of the people who live there do so because they want to. If they wanted to live in Sin City, they would.

  12. Oh Laura … stop. BTW, that Sin City, is that anywhere near ‘Goober Falls”?

  13. Laura (southernxyl) says:

    I have no idea what you’re talking about.

    I don’t know why everybody in the United States of America has to have their morals pegged to the lowest common denominator. Are you one of those people who rolled their eyes every time anyone expressed discomfort at Janet Jackson’s Superbowl surprise?

  14. I’m one of the ones that rolls their eyes when someone brings it up for any reason.

    PS: I think Sin City is somewhere between Intercourse and Middlesex, PA.

  15. Thanks, I’ll check the map. And Laura … relax, just having a little fun … and actually no, regarding Janet Jackson’s peep show, I thought it was titilating (see, just being funny) … actually it was inappropriate to say the least. Better?

  16. Laura (southernxyl) says:

    Gee, and there I was, imagining the sophisticated, urbane, man-about-town D. Cooper, perusing his annotated collection of pornography and sneering at the sh-tkickers who just couldn’t appreciate such things. Now I’ll have to scrap that image.

  17. Laura … don’t scrap it altogether!! My collection of pornography is not annotated. It’s in disarray!

  18. I’m a parent in the school district in southeastern Ohio, where the 6th grade student was suspended over the SI swimsuit issue. Most of us here can’t believe how badly the principal overreacted. Here’s hoping she quietly resigns and finds another job – SOON!! She’s made our town a worldwide laughingstock.

    Most everyone is of the opinion that the magazine should have been taken from the boy, his parents called right then and there (which the principal did NOT do), and a possible detention as punishment. COMMON sense should have been used in this case, and it clearly was NOT used.

    We are not a bunch of religious loonies in the heartland here. It is true that this magazine shouldn’t have been taken to school in the first place. The boy’s parents know that he made a mistake. However, the severity of the punishment was the reason for the uproar. The boy’s mother did not want her son in the alternative school, where the local police are called whenever there is a discipline problem, and where there are juvenile delinquents, drug users, children who have brought weapons to school, children who have beat on other children or on teachers, and other children with severe behavior issues. Her reasoning was that you don’t send a good kid into a bad situation.

    I agree with her. If it had been my daughter, I would not have allowed them to send her to the alternative school, either.

  19. Richard Brandshaft says:

    1) Why is it that there are a lot more news stories about schools inflicting stupid punishments than about people being arrested for stupid reasons? Could it be because conservatives don’t care about innocent victims at all, but they love cops and hate public schools? Naw.

    2) The best “pantsing” story I know occurred in New Hampshire some years ago. A high school boy used to grab girl’s belts from behind and pull their pants down. He eventually tried it on the daughter of a self-defense instructor. The girl held his arm in some suitably uncomfortable position and made it clear he wasn’t to do that again. The girl didn’t have any more trouble the rest of her time in high school. Her father was bragging about the incident years later, and probably still is.

  20. Look Rich … there are a lot more ‘Liberals’ running the newsrooms, and any time they can find a story like this ‘pantsing’ one you’re going to hear it. And wake up and smell the cappaucino dude … the stories about arrests for ‘stupin reasons’ abound. And of course they’re not all stupid.

    And I’m a conservative teacher in a public school for 35 years … loved it… defend it, hardly hated it!!! And as for your #2 … great story.


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