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Middle School Trying Amazing New Trick On Misbehaving Students….REVERSE SUSPENSIONS!

You’d be hard pressed to find someone that hasn’t gotten in trouble when they were in school at one point or another.

Now, we’re not talking about some big time punishment for some big time offense in school, it could be something as small as having to do extra assignments or the old having to stay after school for a half hour situation.

As for myself, when I was in the seventh grade I got in trouble for getting into a fight that could not be avoided and by policy they suspended both of us even though I was defending myself. Anyway this was like the third fight this kid had been in and it was my first so they sent him off for ten days and they gave me one day of in school suspension.

What that was there was a classroom that had myself and maybe three other kids in it and we were sort of sequestered off to ourselves for the whole day. As a matter of fact it was in a wing of the school that the school barely used so they could monitor us pretty closely.

It was about the same as a regular school day except for one big thing being is that it was as boring as can be. The minutes drug on like hours and it felt like it was never going to end.

If you ask me what’s the one thing worse than being bored to tears it’s being embarrassed.

H/T The Blaze:

Administrators at one West Virginia middle school have introduced a new disciplinary alternative to traditional suspension that they believe could be more effective in reforming troubled students.

At Huntington East Middle School, non-violent, non-verbally abusive behavior is handled by offering parents the option of a “reverse suspension.”

In a reverse suspension, instead of sending a child home, the student’s parent is invited to come to school and spend the entire day by his side.

“When we started combining schools we had a lot of kids getting in trouble and getting suspended,” school parent partner Stephanie Powell told WOWK-TV.

Huntington East Middle School student Justin Young shared how the policy has worked for him personally.

“I was suspended multiple times last year. But this year, not once,” Young told WOWK.

Justin explained that when he and his mother got home from their day of reverse suspension, they had a family talk.

“She wanted to know if I acted like that when she was not around, I said, ‘No, because I wanted to be good for you.'” Justin said.

Principal Frank Barnett said the approach has helped the school reduce student suspensions by two thirds and bad behavior incidents by more than half. The school discovered that, for many students, suspensions were seen as a break from school, something they planned for.



  1. Robert Fott

    January 4, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Sounds like a decent solution but what about the students that do not have parents in the home?

  2. flashy0ne

    January 4, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    There’s a BIG difference between a ‘right’ and a ‘privilege’. In America, every child has a right to an education. However, there should NEVER be a right to ‘graduation’. Granting this reward to underachievers OR the rebellious simply ‘dumbs-down’ our education system or allows rewards to those who interfere with the process.

  3. Donald Ignatowski

    January 6, 2019 at 5:08 am

    As a former high school security officer, I would say that 99% of all problems in the school were because the school allowed the students to carry their cell phones with them. Whenever there was a problem, EVERYONE almost instantly knew about it making the student causing the problems a cult-like hero. I suggested that for every class missed due to in school suspensions, expulsions, truancy, or even just skipping class would require one day of Summer School. If the student doesn’t attend the Required number of days of Summer School, then they will not receive their diploma and fail to graduate. At that point in order to receive their diploma would require them to take the self-responsibility and attain their GED. I was encouraged that it at least achieved some discussion, but the discussions ended abruptly. The school administration seemed to encourage the bad behavior at the expense of those students wanting to learn. As a security officer we were treated with less respect from the school administrators and some of the teachers, than the troublemakers. The WORST job I ever had.

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