The ten most absurd school punishments
The story of Kamryn Renfro, a nine-year-old Grand Junction girl who was briefly banned from the Caprock Academy charter school because her bald head violated the school's dress-code policy -- she'd shaved it in solidarity with her best friend, who is battling cancer -- made us think about some of the other stupid punishments that schools have handed out across the country. Administrators justified most of these sentences by pointing to the schools' zero-tolerance policies on drugs and alcohol or guns and violence, but all of them made zero sense.
Kamryn on Renfro Facebook page.
Read on for our top ten:
Number 10: Punished for being a designated driver
A Massachusetts high school senior got in trouble when she went to pick up an intoxicated classmate from a party. The teenager, an honor student and volleyball star, was stripped of her title as captain of the volleyball team and suspended from five games, even after the police -- who arrested some students for underage drinking -- recognized her sobriety.
Number 9: Arrested for burping
A thirteen-year-old Cleveland Middle School student was handcuffed and taken to juvenile detention after he "burped audibly" in his P.E class. After calling his lawyer, his family sued the teacher, the school's principal and the school cop. The lawsuit alleged the boy was transported to the detention without his parents being notified.
Number 8: Suspended for making a gun gesture
A Michigan boy was given a two-day suspension after he curled his hand into a gun and pointed it at a student while playing with his friend at recess. School officials justified the punishment by pointing out the school's zero-tolerance policy on guns and violence.
In 2007, a three-year-old attending a Christian school in Maryland was forced to cut his dreadlock, considered a violation of the school policy prohibiting "extremely faddish styles including the use of rubber bands or the 'twisting of hair.'" Both parents, who had the same hairstyle, argued that their son's dreadlocks were part of a family and cultural heritage. But the school insisted on a haircut.
Number 6: Teen sent to fake prom
In 2010, a Mississippi teen petitioned schools officials to allow her to attend the prom with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. After the school refused, she informed the ACLU; a judge eventually ruled in her favor. Rather than complying with the judge's order, the school sent the teen to a fake prom -- along with several students with special needs plus some teachers and the principal as chaperones -- while all the other students attended the real prom at a different location.
Read on for five more of the dumbest school disciplinary decisions.