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.