To the editor:
It’s a snowy Monday at about 11 a.m., and I’m walking my dog. At the intersection of Peck Avenue and the bike path, I meet two young men walking toward Warren. One young man says, “What a sweet dog – what is he?” And so the conversation begins. The young men are polite and chatty. Within the first five minutes, as we all walk toward Warren, I have to ask, “Are you guys bunking school”? As a retired educator, with 35-plus years experience, I’m curious. As a Bristol taxpayer, I’m concerned.
Yes I only have their half of the story, but they say they were “play fighting” with each other in the hall between classes. I can’t imagine just this would get them suspended for the day. Why not detention after school, so they don’t miss the school day? What about a detention room in school to handle these problems during the school day?
We walked about one-and-a-half miles together up to Jacobs Point in Warren at which point I decided to return home. I must say that I enjoyed their rather pleasant company and friendly conversation. My feeling when I left was that these two apparently bright and articulate young men did not want to be out of school on this day. I know, through experience, that teaching can be difficult. It is also stressful to be a student. However, on Monday, mid-morning, under normal conditions, students belong in school. Ben and Michael belonged in school. We must figure out another way to discipline “horsing around” between two young friends.
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