Discipline (whether at home or in school) is very important for a child’s development and helps teach an individual from a young age to be responsible and respectful. Furthermore, discipline promotes good human behavior which improve society and make it a more pleasant world for everyone. On the other hand, various studies have shown that a lack of it (at home or in school) leads to disastrous behavioral consequences which ultimately may lead to a pitiful and destructive upbringing. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that discipline and order in a classroom are important. Discipline in the classroom is mostly left to the teacher, however, schools also have a discipline policy which staff must abide by. Thus, it’s important to understand the challenges faced by school administrators in finding equitable solutions to discipline problems. Still, in some instances, some schools have gone a bit overboard with their solutions. What’s worse is that these solutions end up not working and also bringing about the opposite of the intended result. Schoolchildren have been arrested for talking on the phone, burping, and even scribbling on desks! Though these actions should by no means be encouraged, you could argue that arresting a student might be taking discipline a bit far. What do you think? Check out these 25 Dumb Reasons School Children Have Been Suspended Or Arrested for and give us your opinion on our Facebook page.
For carrying a lot of money
In Albuquerque a student didn’t get arrested exactly but was forced by the officers to strip down to his underwear while five adults (including the cops) watched. The reason for all this? Well, the unlucky boy had $200 in his pocket.
A thirteen-year-old boy got handcuffed and hauled off to a juvenile detention center for burping in class, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed against an Albuquerque (again) public school principal, a teacher, and a city police officer. At the same time the district was also sued by the family of a seven-year-old autistic boy who was handcuffed to a chair.
For being inventive
A few months ago Ahmed Mohamed (who dreamed of becoming an engineer) went to his high school in Irving, Texas wanting to impress his teacher with the digital clock he’d made from a pencil case. However, the 14-year-old’s day ended not with praise, but punishment, after the school called the police who arrested the boy for allegedly bringing a hoax bomb to school. Following the incident, the police determined Mohamed had no malicious intent and was not charged with any crime.
For opening a Christmas gift “early”
Even though this twelve-year-old South Carolina boy wasn’t technically arrested in school, we couldn’t leave his case off the list because of how insane it is. This boy was arrested after his mother phoned police to say he had opened one of his Christmas presents early. Police arrived and actually charged the boy with petty larceny for opening an $85 Game Boy against his family’s wishes. Did he at least get to keep the Game Boy?
For spraying perfume
Like many young female students, Sarah Bustamantes wanted to look and smell good. Her classmates often told her she smelled bad and made fun of her for being “weird.” So on one of these occasions, twelve-year-old Bustamantes pulled out a bottle of perfume and sprayed herself twice. Unfortunately, an officer who routinely patrols the halls was called in, and Sarah was charged with a criminal misdemeanor and ordered to appear in court.