Students at a Chicago high school were warned they’d have to sit out prom if they let detentions pile up. Fifteen of 180 students ignored the warning. But they went anyhow. From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Jones College Prep Principal Don Fraynd thought he was giving his students a valued lesson in responsibility when he barred 15 seniors who had racked up anywhere from 50 to 300 unserved detentions each from prom.
What he got was a lesson in politics, when the students held a protest, their parents blitzed the Board of Education with complaints, and the board reversed him, allowing the chronically late and class cutters to go to the ball.
“My biggest concern in terms of the reversal is the take-home message for these kids, and for the other kids who have behaved so well,” said Fraynd, a first-year principal at the top magnet school.
Students were warned they had to start making up detentions to attend prom. Some did. Others blew off the warning.
“Everybody was upset because they spent all their money getting suits and limos and all of that,” said Remon Miller, 18, who said he had 302 after-school detentions and 102 Saturday detentions to serve.
Well, the kid has a point. He’s obviously been allowed to ignore detentions for years — you can’t pile up 404 detentions in just one school year — and suddenly he’s told he has to play by the rules. No wonder he thought the warning was meaningless. And, thanks to the school board, he was right.