You know what? I’m starting to think that instead of focusing on raising free-range kids, we need to shift our efforts to grabbing adults by the shoulders and shaking some sense into them.
First in line: Katie Pennington, principal of Kenowa Hills High School in Walker, Mich. She sent home 60 seniors who decided to forgo the traditional and destructive last-day-of-school senior prank (super-gluing doors shut, erecting small monuments on the school roof) and instead organized — get this — a bike parade to school.
Pennington’s reaction to the crowd, caught on someone’s cell phone (will adults ever learn?!), wasn’t to applaud this healthy diversion, this show of solidarity, this thoughtful, planned and super safe “prank” — guys, the students had a police escort. The mayor brought donuts!
Instead, Pennington went on a rager and sent everyone home.
Here’s what she told the crowd of seniors (and, presumably, a dumbfounded mayor covered in powdered sugar), according to WOOD TV.com:
“If you and your parents don’t have sense enough to know your brains could end up splattered on Three Mile and Kinney, Fruit Ridge, then maybe that’s my responsibility,” Pennington said. “…Get your butts home. You’re not participating in senior walk today.”
Question: did the students ride their bikes home, thereby putting their brains again at risk for splattering?
Parents are outraged and spoke out at a school board meeting about their disdain for Pennington’s decision. The board assured the students that they would get to walk at graduation and that anyone who missed a final exam would be allowed to make it up without penalty. The board said the only thing the kids did wrong was not inform the administration of the bike ride ahead of time. Which? Really?
I guess it’s back to super-glue — much less of a mess in the long run.
(And what did the mayor do with all those uneaten donuts?)