A massive arrest took place at a Chicago middle school the other day, with 25 kids between the ages of 11 and 15 being handcuffed, thrown in a paddy wagon, and charged with reckless conduct. Their crime? Throwing food in the cafeteria.
There are certain disciplinary infractions that no teacher should be expected to manage without police intervention–violence, sexual assault–but a food fight? Really? Isn’t the ability to deal with a food fight sort of a requirement–albeit a highly unsavory one–of working in a middle school?
That seems to be the thinking of the parents whose kids spent a day in jail and may be sentenced to community service or probation. As one mother put it, “I was all for some other kind of punishment, but not jail. Who hasn’t had a food fight?”
According to school authorities, an on-campus police officer called for backup when he was unable to contain the flying edibles. Apparently, the numerous cops who replied to the call had no idea how to deal with misconduct aside from arrest. This makes sense. They are, after all, trained to deal with real criminals.
What would you do if your child was arrested for throwing food at school?