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Parent questions Boardman school board about her son's discipline

Published: Mon, June 25, 2012 @ 10:06 p.m.

BOARDMAN — A mother of a Market Street Elementary student addressed the school board about what she felt was inappropriate punishment given to her 7-year-old son.

Heidi Thompson wrote the board a letter saying her son, a first-grader at Market Street Elementary, was sent to a conference room off the school office as punishment for twisting a spoon wrapper in another students’ face.

Her son remained in the conference room without any learning materials, such as a book, for about five hours until Thompson arrived at the school at 1 p.m. for his school picnic June 8, the last day of school, Thompson said.

“The thing that I find the most irritating is there was an announcement made that morning that said if anyone caught misbehaving they would be sent home,” Thompson said in an interview with The Vindicator.

“I’m not against discipline. My thing was being appropriate with it and being fair and consistent,” she continued, saying the parents of other children who misbehaved were notified and could pick their children up early.

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1Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Get mad at your kid not the school. smh at such stupidity in society today.

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2walter_sobchak(1999 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Wait a minute. A first-grader twists a spoon wrapper in another kid's face and is sent to a conference room for 5 hours? This was on the last day of school, the kids are excited and rambunctious and the teacher can't maintain control? What did they do the rest of the year? While the child needs to be disciplined, this sounds over the top. A swift wap on the a$$ would have been most appropriate!

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3Rooster(78 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Hey, that must have been one heck of a spoon wrapper! That kid better stick to the spit balls. Worst trouble you could do with a spit ball would make you miss a recess.

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4boxerlover(132 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

@ BeD, because they did not contact her as they did with other students that had misbehaved. I agree, like the mother, they were right to punish him, but 5 hours alone and no phone call to the parent even though other parents were notified? Sounds like they forgot about him....scary thought.

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