Back when I was in gradeschool there were always little scuffles in the locker room or on the playground. I don't want to say that is wasn't a big deal but it usually resulted in a one day in school suspension. This consisted of going to a special room and sitting there doing homework by yourself for the duration of the school day. In extreme cases they would suspend you out of school for no more than 2 days. I'm sure most people can relate to this. We all saw the two boys wrestling around on the playground like they hated each other and then they are best friends three days later. You would think I was talking about thirty years ago but in reality I'm speaking of a mere 8 to 10 years ago. Compared with the ways in which these type of schoolyard rifts were handled not so long ago, I believe today's school systems are going way overboard.
I know there is a big emphasis on bullies and violence at school as of late but what harm can really be done when two 12 years old boys are wrestling around because one of them said he was a better baseball player than the other? My mom is a junior high teacher and even she believes they are starting to go overboard with some of the punishments handed out to students (mainly boys) for fighting at school.
A few months ago, while in the locker room, a male student in the school where my mom teaches called another boy a simple derogatory name. Like a wimp, for example. Im not saying that is ok but I am sure most of have been called something of that nature when we were younger. The other student mouthed off back and things escalated and they ended up rolling around on the locker room floor trying to prove that they were not, in fact, as wimpy as the other thought. Before the P.E. teacher could get the fight broken up one student had a bloody nose. Ten years ago both would have been sent to the office and perhaps would have had to sit in the detention area the following day. Now however, the police were called, both students were suspended out of school for 3 days, and there was even an expulsion hearing. There were no weapons of any sort, no serious injuries, and the scuffle lasted less than a minute. How can this constitute the police being called and possible expulsion from the school? I happened to drive by when the police car was sitting in front of the school and I thought something very serious had happened. I later asked my mom what had happened and when she told me I wondered why the police would be called for something so minor. She replied that it is policy now that the police must be called if there is a fight. This is a junor high may I remind you, with twelve and thirteen year olds.
I could understand that if there was one specific student getting into fights weekly and the school administrators wanted to give him a scare, the police could be called to emphasize that his behavior is becoming a police issue. This might straighten the student out before it becomes a major problem as he gets older. But to call the police every time there is a fight in a junior high is just absurd to me. How serious can a fight between two twelve year old boys be? Obviously this doesn't include fights where a student would use any kind of weapon. In that case the police would be called and rightfully so.