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?
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12-03-2012 11:20 #1
Not cool, school!
12-03-2012 11:23 #2
no! not appropriate
holy heck. i'd be reporting him to the school board asap (as in - you). how awful for her
12-03-2012 11:26 #3
Humiliation is never an acceptable punishment.
Is this actually legal?
12-03-2012 11:26 #4
Wow, if I was Mary's mom I wouldn't have let her take part in that, let alone taking part myself!
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12-03-2012 11:26 #5
The thing that upset me more was the her mum had obviously okayed it since she was there too.
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12-03-2012 11:29 #6
I dunno if it's legal. It's horrible.
But if Mary's mum agreed to it...then I dunno. It may have been Mary's mum's idea for all I know!
12-03-2012 11:29 #7
12-03-2012 11:32 #8
Oh that's so awful!! I reserve public shaming for war criminals and corporate con artists, not little girls! Yes, as the pp said, report him.
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12-03-2012 11:32 #9
Poor Mary. Not cool. Not cool at all.
She's be ostracised and bullied by the other kids after that public display of humiliation.
That kind of matter should be dealt with privately.
'Mary' and Jane are not very common names among small kids, so I'm hoping its a role play too.
12-03-2012 11:37 #10
It sounds terrible, but it could be a role-play.
I hope it was.
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