More Education Madness, Virginia Teen Andrew Mikel II Suspended for Remainder of Year for Shooting Spitballs
Zero-tolerance = Infant Stupidity. Who knew that spitballs were a weapon? No wonder our schools are failing our children, they are being run by individuals with absolutely no common sense. Talk about the punishment not fitting the crime.
Andrew Mikel II, a freshman honor student at Spotsylvania High School in Virginia has been suspended for the remainder of the year for of all things, shooting spitballs in school. Originally the 14 year old high school freshman was suspended for 10 days for using a hollow body of a pen to blow small plastic balls at three students during his lunch period. Ok, seems rather juvenile for a freshman to do, but 10 days seems like a proper punishment and learning experience for this kid.
However, in their ultimate lack of common sense and appreciation of the punishment meeting the crime, the Spotsylvania County School Board later voted to extend the punishment for the rest of the school year, citing the Student Code of Conduct. To add insult to injury to this complete over the top reaction to “spitballs”, the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office which charged him with three counts of misdemeanor assault. Just curious, if they are charging the 14 year old with assault, why are they not also charging him with possession of a weapon?
The 14-year-old initially was hit with a 10-day suspension, but the Spotsylvania County School Board later voted to extend the punishment for the rest of the school year, citing the Student Code of Conduct’s requirement that a student found with “any type of weapon, or object used to intimidate, threaten or harm others” be “expelled for a minimum of 365 days” unless “special circumstances exist.”
The district also referred the case to the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, which charged him with three counts of misdemeanor assault.
Why is the Spotsylvania County School Board trying to ruin this kids life? It is rather obvious that “special circumstances” exist in this case. Are spitballs really a weapon and can you really harm or intimidate some one with a spitball? ARE THESE PEOPLE SERIOUS!!! One can certainly teach a kid a lesson without punishing them by taking their right to an education away from them. Then to be charged with assault. THESE PEOPLE HAVE TOTALLY LOST THEIR MINDS AND FOCUS.