I live across the road from a school and this morning I could hear a man yelling over a loudspeaker pretty much from when school started. I had no idea what was going on but he sounded as though he was lecturing the assembly or something about something serious.
When I left the house, I went to get the car which is parked next to the school in a public car park, and I could hear what was going on. The gist was a little girl, Mary, had found $5 in her class's cloakroom and instead of handing it to the teacher, she kept it and bought lunch at the canteen with it instead.
And so today, in front of assembly, the principal was telling everyone about how Mary stole $5.
He then asked Mary why she did it (so I imagine the involved parties were on stage) and what was she thinking when she did it. Mary sounded about 7 or 8. Wouldn't have been in a grade more than 3rd I don't think. She sounded very upset as she answered his questions.
He then proceeded to ask Jane, the girl whose $5 Mary had spent, how she felt about it.
And then Mary's mum and Jane's mum and their teacher. He asked Mary's mum if she was embarrassed by Mary's behaviour and it was all done over a loudspeaker in front of not just the whole school, but anyone outside the school grounds on my street.
I felt so bad for Mary to be shamed in front of so many people for what she did. I don't understand why she wasn't told that next time she should hand it to the teacher and not keep it, and apologise to Jane instead of it being broadcast for everyone to see. Especially since she didn't steal money out of Jane's bag....it was on the floor...which is still not okay but wasn't malicious or deliberate theft..
I dunno, what do you think? Is it an acceptable form of reprimand?