Or so the initial story went. Now the school is speaking out to set the record straight after the story spread like wildfire in the news and on social media. The student was selling toys out of her locker to numerous fellow students.
When the presence of these toys became known to the faculty a letter was sent in January to all of the parents of this specific classroom clearly stating that the students were told that no permission was given for toys to be in school under any circumstances. Sale of the toys continued. Eventually, the toys were in the hands of a significant number of students. According to one of the teachers, many of the students sexualized the use of these toys which was disruption to learning that could not be ignored.
Several parents had also complained to the administration about sexual overtones associated with these toys, based on what students were reporting at home, and they expected action to be taken. Selling toys, after clear communication prohibiting the presence of toys in school, and the disruption it generated in the school lead to the suspension.
As for the duration of the suspension, the school maintains the three days originally reported by news outlets was simply false: We honored that request and the parents were invited to present their position to the Board of Education. The Board reviewed the assertions of the parents, other sources of evidence that were causes of great concern, and communication from faculty, staff, and other school parents.
The Board determined that the persistent sale of toys, in violation of clearly stated instructions, and in light of the educational disruption, warranted the disciplinary action. The Board considers that matter addressed and resolved. As for the rest of us, this serves as a reminder to think twice before unpacking our Jump to Conclusions Mat. To see the full statement from the school and the updated story from the local news in Racine, click here.
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