9 Year-Old Suspended for ‘Kick Me’ Sign
Daily Mail - It is a common playground prank, sticking a ‘kick me’ note on another pupil’s back. But for one 9-year-old New York school boy the common trick has landed him with a two day suspension. The boy, from Upper East Side PS 158, was spotted sticking a yellow post-it note on the bottom of a fellow pupil inviting others to ‘kick me’. According to the New York Post, the boy’s mother said he was just ‘playing around’. The paper reported the School principle Darryl Alhadeff wrote to the parents explaining his actions. He said: ‘This incident is in violation of the Discipline Code and is classified as ‘infraction A37.” ‘This will result in a Principal’s Suspension for a period of two days.’ The strict response is a result of New York’s zero tolerance policy on bullying. Implemented in 2008, the policy was partly a result of several shocking examples of ‘hazing’, or initiations, gone wrong.
I’m seriously getting tired of parents and schools turning every little thing kids do into a huge media blitz on bullying. Let me make this clear, I don’t condone the kind of bullying that is malicious and hurtful that results in kids being depressed or want to commit suicide. That’s no joke and those kids should be punished. But I’m from the old school state of mind where things like this actually are harmless. It’s a classic “kick me” sign for God’s sake. It’s not like if someone sees it they run up and lay a huge boot to the kids ass. Most kids would just giggle a little bit and keep it moving. But kids are babied nowadays because of shit like this. It’s like they don’t come with the tough skin my generation grew up with. If a kid tells someone that little Freddy has cooties, Freddy’s parents get up in arms about it and demand justice. That’s why this generation is going to grow up to be giant pussies, they get coddled until college. I know that if I was in school nowadays I’d probably be expelled. If ‘kick me’ signs get you suspended then I would have been put on trial by now.