This is on our local news -
Five-year-old Jordan Swindle suspended for one day after he said a four letter curse word on the playground. Now, his father is suing the Rogers School District and Northside Elementary Principal . Ken Swindle says the school overreacted and wants it removed from his record.
?We?re trying to keep Jordan?s record clean, if his record shows that he has been suspended it could trigger a domino effect of him being labeled some way of a problem child,? says Swindle.
Swindle says the school called him to come pick up his son but, he didn?t because he did not approve of the punishment.
?From 11am to the rest of the day he sat alone in the Principals office. They asked me to come and pick him up and I didn?t want to come and pick him up because I did not want to because that wasn?t the correct punishment for him,? explains Swindle.
Swindle also says whether in kindergarten or high school, a student should be scolded not suspended for using a curse word.
?I probably would?ve said that?s acceptable set down for the rest of the recess for five minutes or ten minutes. This is why it?s not acceptable but suspending a child from school is completely disproportionate to what he did.?
Superintendent Janie Darr says parents are well aware of discipline policies at the schools.
?We send this displicine policy home with all students every year and ask parents to read it and sign it so they understand it. So, they know what we are expecting of our students.?
Swindle says the 5-year-old admitted to saying the word, but didn?t know the meaning of it.
?He knows that he said a word that he shouldn?t have said. Of course, he has no understanding of what that word means, he just knows it?s a bad word.?
Swindle says he learned the word from a cartoon.
?We have determined that he got it from a cartoon that we thought was for children and it wasn?t. We bought a used DVD of a cartoon and let him watch it and we found out that it does have bad language in it.?
The lawsuit requests a court order for the Rogers School District to have a full hearing on the suspension. Swindle says he wants the school board to hear the case and then decide whether a suspension is appropriate.
Appropriate punishment for a 5 year old? How about for high-school aged kids? Did the parent react correctly by refusing to pick up the child from school?
I saw this and thought it was totally ridiculous. I don't get why one is up in arms about a word, I get that kids shouldn't be using "bad words" at school but suspending a 5-year old who has no clue what the word even means? Stupid. Even if a high-school student used a "four-letter" word, suspension is way over the top IMO.
I don't think I would have just left my kid at the school though, especially at that age - I would think it was be a little traumatizing for him to sit there after being punished for something he doesn't even really understand.
I dont agree with the punishment if this was the first time the kid did something like this, but who knows how much of the story we got.
I totally disagree with the father not picking his kid up, agree or disagree with the punishment you pick up your kid when the school calls you. He could have spoken to the principal when he went to get his son, and maybe it would have been a matter they could have come to an agreement on together. The fact that he is suing the school dist makes me really dislike the dad though, so maybe I am not being to unbiased.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
Thats wonderful! Now the child wont have a record that labels him a bad kid, he will have parents who have made him the kid no teacher wants in the classroom, cause he is the kid with the PITA parents!
I dont know if the punishment was just or not, but it was in the code of conduct and the parents knew that. The school did nothing wrong IMO, but the father is an idiot!
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
Suing the school district is over the top. There are other ways of appealing the decision. I can't imagine not picking up my child. If I truly didn't agree with the punishment, I might pick up my kid and spend the day hanging out. THen I would appeal.
Is reasoning is off. He doesn't want his child labeled based on this incident in kindergarten? Most kids have gotten in trouble from something somewhere along the line. No, most aren't suspended, but few records are blank. DD1 threw a rock in 2nd grade. DD2 pinched a boy. Not the end of the world.
Oh, and this child has now been labeled as a child with a problem parent.
I will refer to the Jann Arden/dog/train debate. A rule is a rule. If the parent signed the form at the start of the year, then they were agreeing to go along with the rules. Too late to make a stink about it now.
The dad sounds like a moron. He left his 5 year old kid at school for hours to prove he disagrees??? The only person that punished was the poor kid.
If it was something I didn't think was wrong, but the school did. I would have picked him up and taken him out for a play day .
Was this also an issue of the parent having to take the day off work to pick the boy up? I could understand it more if that was the reason. Did he just think the boy was going to wait in the classroom and have a normal day if he didn't pick him up?
DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03
My daughter actually went to this school for second grade when we lived in Rogers, AR. So knowing the principle, the code of conduct, and the environment of the school (assuming they are pretty much the same), I am going to side with the school. Though the curriculum was a bit behind other schools we have been at, Northside was one of the best schools as far as community wise and repore between the teachers, admin, parents, and students. I doubt that this happened because a normally good student in K said one bad word they didn't know the meaning of. I will bet that there is way more to the story and this was not a first time offense.
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I think it really depends on the situation and this article doesn't give all the info. For example, if the boy said the word completely at random and it was obvious he didn't know the meaning of the word, as a teacher I would have pulled him aside and explained that is a word that we don't use at school and that evening I'd call his parents to make them aware of the situation. If he directed the word at me in anger a referral seems appropriate. But even then, if it were his first offense our administration would probably have kept him in the office for a bit to intimidate him, called his parents to let them know what was going on, and then sent his little behind right back to class where he belonged. Lesson learned. We do our best to educate students and keep them in the classroom if at all possible, but all schools are different.
I think there is likely more to the story or there would be a lot of kindergarteners suspended every year and a lot of upset parents. And agree with the sentiment that leaving your kid stranded at school to make a point, just makes you look like an a$$. They lost me at that point in the story, regardless of whether their argument was valid.