Kyron Birdine, a high school junior in Texas, photographed and tweeted his protest at being forced to take the state’s new STAAR exam, even though his graduation is linked to TAKS standards.
Using an iPad, he tweeted a photo of the word YOLO (“you only live once”) and a smiley face scribbled on the essay portion of the exam, along with this declaration: “I have the TAKS test to study for, not this unneeded craziness.”
He sent it to Arlington ISD and the Texas Education Agency.
“It wasn’t for a grade,” Kyron said. “Colleges don’t see it. It didn’t benefit my personal life at all.”
He received a four-day in-school suspension for violating test security.
The student was right about the test and stupid to tweet his non-answer, writes Coach Brown, who wonders how the kid was able to “click off a picture on his iPad” in the middle of an exam. If Coach Brown saw an iPad come out during the state exam, ”
a pack of Velociraptors would drop from the ceiling and eat the iPad while the Grim Reaper came through the door and threaten the very existence of the student.”