You think your school is bad or the most strict, then read this, in Pennsylvania’s Solanco School District, an 11-year-old was removed from orchestra and choir and banned from all the other extracurricular activities. It was because her parents refused to consent to her taking a drug test. The girl was a top math student and she was invited to compete on the school’s MathCounts team. But she couldn’t join because of all the restriction. If this one shocked you then read our 10 Times Schools Went Too Far To Protect Their Kids.
1. Spying On Students:
In 2010, Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania issued 2,300 MacBooks to students to use at home. But what every student was unaware of was that the laptops included built-in iSight webcams. They were installed so school authorities can remotely turn on to monitor students.
Two students, Sophomore Blake Robbins and Jalil Hasan sued the school. The lawsuit allegedly said, there were thousands of photos and Carol Cafiero, an administrator at the school, had been downloading them to her computer. Carol Cafiero was accused of being a voyeur. The school had also recorded the students’ emails, their private photos and search histories.
2. Out A Gay Student:
The Kilgore School District was standing on in 2014 court because of an event that happened five years earlier. Skye Wyatt was a junior in the Kilgore School District in Texas in 2009 and she was called to an unscheduled softball practice session. The Gym teachers sent away everyone on the team but her.
The coaches locked her into an empty locker room and accused her of being a lesbian and being in a relationship with another girl. She denied the accusations so the teachers threatened her with legal action and called her mother and told Skye was a lesbian. Although school settled out of court in February 2014 for $77,500. The worst part is they maintained that the coaches had done nothing wrong and didn’t change any policies.
3. Having A Student Arrested For Drawing On A Desk:
Junior High School 190 in New York got 12-year-old Alexa Gonzalez arrested by police because she wrote a small message on her desk. The schools had a strict anti-graffiti policy and made Alexa marched through the school in handcuffs. The education department later issued an official apology and the suspension from school was lifted.
This wasn’t the only time a student was suspended without any valuable reason. Two 10-year-old students were suspended because they pretended they had a gun and a bow and arrow by gestures. In North Carolina, a 9-year-old student was suspended because he had described his teacher as cute to a classmate.
4. Unconventional Weapon Policies:
Just months after the Sandy Hook shooting, in March 2013, a seven-year-old in Maryland was suspended. It was because he unintentionally chewing a breakfast pastry into a shape that resembled a gun and allegedly pointing it at a classmate. They even put that incident into the boy’s permanent record. In Pennsylvania, a five-year-old girl was accused of being a “terroristic threat” and was suspended because talking about a Hello Kitty gun that blows bubbles when you pull the trigger.
5. Forced Religion:
The Negreet High School, Louisiana attracted a lot of discussions a few years ago. C.C. Lane was a Thai Buddhist student who went to this school and harassed for his faith. Science teacher Rita Roark said Buddhism was “stupid.” The fundamentalist Christian taught Young-Earth Creationism. No one cared about C.C.’s parents’ complaints and suggested them to transfer C.C. to a school with “more Asians.” The school allegedly also distributed pamphlets condemning alcohol, homosexuality, contraception, witchcraft and other things.
6. Ridiculous No-Touching Policies:
In 2013, Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School in British Columbia took the unusual step of banning any physical contact between students. The policy was applied to prevent any injuries and it was motivated by safety concerns. Any students who were caught taking part in unstructured play, playing tag or even holding hands would face disciplinary measures. But this wasn’t the only school, Weber Middle School in New York forbade hard balls including soccer balls, baseballs, and lacrosse balls and cartwheels.
7. Sharing Students’ Photos Without Permission:
An administrator at Fayette County Schools during an assembly to students about the dangers of posting photographs online and not indulging in drugs or alcohol while underage, took a picture of 17-year-old Chelsea Chaney in a bikini from her facebook, without her permission. They displayed the picture in front of hundreds of students and parents saying Chelsea Chaney was drunk at that time. Chelsea and her parents sued the school for $2 million.
8. Crazy Toilet Rules:
In 2011, the Australian Kew Primary School implemented an interesting toilet policy. The rule was the whole class had to go to the toilet if one person wanted to go. The policy was meant to discourage classroom disruption. But it led to some unfortunate events such as third graders wetting themselves, students suffering from headaches from avoiding drinking water at school. After it attracted outrage, the school shut the policy down.
9. Tracking Truant Students:
To stop truancy among seventh and eighth graders a six-week pilot program was run by Anaheim Union High School District in California in 2011. The students had to check in five times a day, between leaving the house and at the end of school at and at 8:00 PM. They also had to carry GPS trackers. A San Antonio justice of the peace championed a program even had the rule of wearing thick GPS-equipped ankle bracelets for six months for 24 hours.
10. Unnecessary Bans:
The North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas ruled sunscreen as a toxic substance and proudly banned it. The school treated sunscreen as a medicine and needed a doctor’s note to have it in school. For the same reason, Stuart Draft Elementary School banned a fifth-grader. The girl brought a ChapStick to school in 2014 because she needed it. The school said they acknowledged it to be a form of medication.