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There really is no reason for this to be front page news. You'd think with all of the other articles being published that something a little more "newsworthy" would receive this kind of attention but no...
Just this month at Ursuline, a total of 14 kids were suspended. Would you have known that if it weren't for this post or another non-vindy source? Probably not.
-3 for a fight ON SCHOOL PROPERTY (2 senior girls vs 1 freshman girl). Each got 5 days of out-of-school suspension.
-8 kids for watching the fight and not telling a faculty member (some also believe the 8 were suspended for stealing cookies from the cafeteria, where the fight occurred). These kids got 1 day out-of-school.
-3 freshman girls for DRINKING IN SCHOOL. Yep, someone decided to throw a birthday party by spiking a bottle of vitamin water with crown royal and getting hammered before a liturgy. These girls got 3 days out-of-school because they went to an AA meeting, which reduced the suspension from 5 days.One of the involved parties' boyfriends beat up the kid who told on her (turns out it was her ex) outside of school property. You didn't see that in the paper!!!
These 3 situations and the Mooney-Canfield fight just go to show that yes, kids who attend Catholic schools CAN AND DO act in the same manner as those who attend public schools. I really hate to say that because Catholic schools exist to instill Christian values into students, but evidently, some students just aren't grasping that concept. I'm sure at public schools they discourage violence in some manner, as well. We can talk about revamping education among teens for this type of behavior all day long, but long story short, kids will be kids. I'm not excusing any of the parties from their actions or justifying what they did, but honestly, what did you expect? The common denominator here: both the Mooney kids and the Canfield kid are just that -- kids; teenage boys. There is no difference between the two; neither is perfect. From the Ursuline examples I provided and comments made by others, you can clearly see that this kind of thing, though sad, happens more often than not, and we need to stop placing such an emphasis on it.
March 17, 2009 at 10:06 p.m.