school discipline procedures regarding SPIT (yuck)

Posted on: Mon, 04/24/2006 - 2:47am
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An incident occurred at school last week. The school handled it very well, and as a result Mariah was surprisingly calm about it.

This is what I learned from the Assist. Principal: [i]"I am very sorry that this happened to Mariah. The student who did this was playing with his spit over the balcony. It is quite disgusting. He would spit and then suck it back up. He was trying to see how long it could get before it snapped. Unfortunately, the last time he was not successful in getting it back in his mouth when it fell on Mariah. He did not purposefully spit on Mariah, but his actions were still unacceptable."[/i]

I asked about the discipline implemented and how the action was classified in the school's discipline procedures. I thought it would be classified as a 'vulgarity', but the Assist. Principal stated, [i]". . . we consider it . . . (an) unsafe act which is described on page 26. In Mariah's case it is definitely an unsafe act. Imagine if the student had been eating something with peanuts. " [/i]

I know this act is disgusting, and bodily fluids pose potential health risks for anyone. My question is, do you think a child's PA raises the category from 'profanity/vulgarity' to an 'unsafe act'?

Posted on: Mon, 04/24/2006 - 4:21am
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I think spit is an unsafe act regardless of PA. Diseases are transmitted through bodily fluid. Think of it this way: what if the kid was sick? What if he had strep? Or something worse? And what if it had splashed in her eye or her mouth? Doesn't matter if you're PA or not, it's NOT sanitary and it's NOT safe.

Posted on: Mon, 04/24/2006 - 5:40am
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I agree with you starlight. The current discipline policies classify spitting as a 'vulgarity' (a lesser offense). Maybe that policy needs to be looked at again and spitting, regardless if it lands on someone who is PA, should be classified as an 'unsafe act'.

Posted on: Mon, 04/24/2006 - 10:46am
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Gail W., I know that at a certain age here in Ontario, if a student purposely (which isn't the case here with your daughter) spits at another child, it is considered assault and charges can be pressed.
It sounds as though the assistant vice principal took it one step further to consider it an "unsafe act" due to your daughter's PA.
What was the discipline for this unsafe act?
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Posted on: Mon, 04/24/2006 - 11:29am
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Quote:Originally posted by csc:
[b]It sounds as though the assistant vice principal took it one step further to consider it an "unsafe act" due to your daughter's PA.[/b]
Yes, exactly. I feel uncomfortable about that, and that's what I'm trying to figure out.
Quote:Originally posted by csc:
[b]What was the discipline for this unsafe act?[/b]
For a first offense, the student has a conference with administrator, takes a Disciplinary Report home to parents to sign, and serves detention. So there is an automatic detention with an 'unsafe act'.

Posted on: Mon, 04/24/2006 - 4:21am
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I think spit is an unsafe act regardless of PA. Diseases are transmitted through bodily fluid. Think of it this way: what if the kid was sick? What if he had strep? Or something worse? And what if it had splashed in her eye or her mouth? Doesn't matter if you're PA or not, it's NOT sanitary and it's NOT safe.

Posted on: Mon, 04/24/2006 - 5:40am
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I agree with you starlight. The current discipline policies classify spitting as a 'vulgarity' (a lesser offense). Maybe that policy needs to be looked at again and spitting, regardless if it lands on someone who is PA, should be classified as an 'unsafe act'.

Posted on: Mon, 04/24/2006 - 10:46am
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Gail W., I know that at a certain age here in Ontario, if a student purposely (which isn't the case here with your daughter) spits at another child, it is considered assault and charges can be pressed.
It sounds as though the assistant vice principal took it one step further to consider it an "unsafe act" due to your daughter's PA.
What was the discipline for this unsafe act?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk up to heaven and bring you back home with me.

Posted on: Mon, 04/24/2006 - 11:29am
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Quote:Originally posted by csc:
[b]It sounds as though the assistant vice principal took it one step further to consider it an "unsafe act" due to your daughter's PA.[/b]
Yes, exactly. I feel uncomfortable about that, and that's what I'm trying to figure out.
Quote:Originally posted by csc:
[b]What was the discipline for this unsafe act?[/b]
For a first offense, the student has a conference with administrator, takes a Disciplinary Report home to parents to sign, and serves detention. So there is an automatic detention with an 'unsafe act'.

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