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Closed Door Policy

Chase Jackson, 13, of Courtland, Va., was only being polite. “He told me, ‘She looked like she needed my help and she said ‘thank-you’ when she saw him’,” said his mother, Courtney. But when Chase opened the door to let his classmate’s mother in to Southampton Middle School, he violated a new district policy even though he knew who she was. “Students are not allowed to open the doors, and if anyone does, they will be suspended,” said Dr. Wayne K. Smith, the district’s “executive director of administration and personnel.” District Superintendent Charles Turner agreed, saying the policy is part of making the school’s new security system work. “You have to have a system, and that system has to be consistent,” he said. “We have to stay within the rules and stay secure.” Turner said the students and parents were notified of the new policy by letter, but the straight-A student’s mother says she never saw it. “I agree,” she says, “if you’re going to put something in place, you should stand behind whatever you decide.” (MS/Tidewater News) ...Especially if it helps you not have to think about your decisions.
Original Publication Date: 27 March 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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