When Students Are Bad

The director of the Sharp Center helps a student who was suspended from school.

     Do you know what happens to many students who break school rules? In the school if you break school rules then they give you a common punishment. It’s called suspension.
There are so many reasons that students often get suspension. According to information in the student plan book the reasons include 36 types of violations or more. Some examples will be academic dishonesty (cheating), using alcohol or drugs and many other things.
     There are two types of suspension, in-school suspension called “ISS” and out-of-school suspension called “OSS.” ISS means that you stay in a room in school all day. OSS means that your suspension is not in school. It can be at home or in the Sharp Center across the street from school.
     When students are in ISS they basically do their work that the teachers are supposed to tell them to do. But for OSS students can’t come to school but they have to make up the work they miss. But if they go to the Sharp Center, they should go to work from the teacher that they can do.
     According to students from other countries, suspension is different from Blair’s suspension. Jose Kafie, who is from El Salvador said, “In my country they give suspension, but when you do something really wrong, then they call your parents right away and send you home with them.” Then when the parents come, the school lets you and your parents know how many days of suspension you have. “But if the student’s behavior doesn’t change, then they expel you from school,” he added. If the student gets expelled, he can get admission in another school, but not the school you got expeled from.
     At Blair it’s not common to expel students, but according to Mr. Short, an assistant principal, it can happen, “Yes we do expel if they do something really bad,” he said. An example is students who violate school policy like bringing weapons to school.
     In Egypt they do suspension and expulsion in a different way. According to Ahmed Heiba, in Egypt at the beginning of the school year they give you a total of 30 punishment days in the whole school year. If you do something bad they suspend you and they will add all the punishment days together during the year. ”In government schools, after 30 days of suspension, you can’t take the final test. Then you must repeat the grade,” Ahmed said.
     In Asian countries like India, Bangladesh and Pakistan they don’t use suspension but they give you punishment regularly. Some school have the same type of punishment and some are different. But almost all schools will call your home when you do something wrong. The parents will come to school and make a commitment to the school saying that you will not break the rule of your school again. If you do, then they have the right to expel you.
     Mr. Short believes that suspension is important in school because it’s helps to keep the school safe. He also thinks that it gives students a chance to get better. Some think suspension makes students understand not to do bad things in school.
     But suspension also has some bad sides. For example when they suspend a student, he or she can miss school and will have to make up the work This puts some students behind and they lose interest in school.
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