Now in any normal situation, if he had been any other student, he would have been promptly expelled. But because of the influential position of his father, and the fact that his mother was so highly thought of, the board had a special marathon board meeting over the entire saga, at the end of which meeting he was suspended for three days, and placed on probation. He was sternly informed by the superintendent that the school was going to have “zero tolerance” for any kind of misbehavior from him at all, and if there was one more misstep, even the teeniest, he was going to be one gone cat.
Now here is wisdom. The dithering involved in all this did not mean that this student wouldn’t be expelled. That was plainly just a matter of time. It simply meant that when he was finally expelled, it would not be for the clear-cut high crimes against the moral order that he had committed, but rather for leaving his shoes deliberately untied, a manifest uniform violation. The last straw, but a small one.
And then the school would be upbraided for having lost all sense of proportion. You expelled a student over that?
I have spent a lot of time trying to get this across to people.
Yeah, the news says they were kicked out for “just XYZ!”
As my mom, when she was teaching me to ask questions, said– yeah, and what did he do before that? How many “one more chance”es did he spend? How many innocents paid for the continuing “just one more chance” favors?