The thing that’s newsworthy is that there’s actual decision-making going on, and not just the enforcement of some inflexible policy. I consider this a good thing:
On Saturday, however, the headmaster, Beth A. Smith, announced a shift in policy. Now, she said, the school would decide whether suspended students could go to the prom on a case-by-case basis.
It’s a private school, not a public school, so we shouldn’t get our hopes up that zero tolerance will be ending any time soon. Nevertheless: this is a win.
Now if we can only get them to start making decisions about whether to suspend someone for hanging an invitation to a dance… there was a time when detention would have been considered overkill for such temerity.
(Of course, we all know that decisions mean lawsuits. Fun times.)