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Students at Southern Lehigh High School in Allentown, Pa., say the school’s reaction to a harmless prank has gotten out of hand. Students said their plan was to be “as harmless as possible”: they climbed over a wall and camped overnight in the school’s courtyard. But administrators reacted by suspending 17 students for five days; three of the students lost their memberships in the National Honor Society. When two other students alerted the local media, the school suspended them for five days, too. When more than 70 students marched in protest, the students who alerted the media got their suspensions lifted, but the penalties against the original 17 students remained. It’s a sign of the times after the Columbine High School shooting, says Mel Riddile, a director with the National Association of Secondary Schools. “Breaking into schools and letting animals loose was a prank in the 70s and 80s,” Riddile said. “Today, that could be considered a terrorist act.” (RC/Allentown Morning Call) ...That’s not a justification, that’s a statement of the problem.
Publication Date: 07 June 2009
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 15.

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