Why Johnny can’t download porn without getting in trouble

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-new-trier-parents-sue-over-ban-on-son-attending-graduation-20110601,0,2652778.story#tugs_story_display

New Trier is the diamond encrusted platinum standard of public high schools in the midwest.  You really need to go all the way to the coasts to find a finer school.  It is one of the only public high schools that holds a Nobel Prize (in Physics no less … donated by an alum).  It is a fine school (except when measured by NCLB, because it is now a failing school, but that is another rant).  When students graduate, they do not sink so low as to wear caps and gowns.  Men wear white tuxeedos and women wear white gowns (heaven forbid that they wear the same dress to prom …. it is expensive to go to New Trier … it is very expensive to go there if you are a young lady!)

New Trier, like many, many schools, has a computer usage policy that students are required to sign in order to use the computers.  Students are free to use school computers, but there are limits … no circumventing security, no downloading porn, etc.  For the most part they are pretty free with what kids can download based on the idea that a good education should be open to inquiry.

But, sometimes you get a bad salt shaker that ruins the barrel.  So, one of their students decides to download some porn (I am assuming he found away around the filters, which constitutes two strikes).  He then decided to photocopy said porn, and dump it in the hallway.  Being sharp as a tack, junior forgot to cover his tracks, so it was clear he used the school computers to do this.

The handbook calls for 8 days of suspension in such a case.

Here’s the issue:

Graduation is inside of that 8 school day window.  The kids were told very clearly that suspensions that overlap graduation cost you graduation.  In short:  don’t do stupid things as the school year winds up.

Hand it to quick thinking minds to find a loophole, especially when it is the entitled parents of the gold coast of Chicago.

The parents noted that if you count weekends, graduation lies outside the suspension window.  So … parents are now suing the school to get their kid back on stage for graduation, citing that the school is attempting to punish him twice for one crime.

More on this to come … maybe there is a judge who doesn’t think these parents are reaching further than anyone might possibly dream to.

And people wonder why our kids can’t handle college or the real world …. it isn’t the teachers that are runing them anywhere near as bad as some of the parents.

 

Update (6/4/11):

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/06/02/new-trier-senior-will-miss-graduation-ceremony-after-porn-prank/

Apparently, a Cook County judge agreed that the parents were reaching for very flimsy straws, and has upheld the school’s decision.

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3 Responses to Why Johnny can’t download porn without getting in trouble

  1. Beth says:

    It was expensive to attend MMC, too– 2 formal dresses, one for graduation, one for prom. (I get it though, New Trier is a public school…) They should look into doing the “used dress sale” that MMC does each fall.

    What a dumb ass! If for some reason, those parents HAD won their court case, I would find a way to “oops!” lose the kid’s diploma and place one of his downloaded images into his cover at/after the ceremony. That or make up some ridiculous award “most likely to get away with murder in the future, most likely to have parents bail him out of jail” to call them all out. Duh!
    It’s good to see that the courts did the right thing.

  2. Beth says:

    I shared this story with Brian who came up with something better. They should make copies of a blank diploma and scatter them in his front yard the day of graduation. I guess it’s too late for that, though…

  3. teganx7 says:

    As a professional educator, I endorse this plan.

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