8-year-old suspended for sniffing marker

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    WESTMINSTER – Adams School District 50 is defending its decision to punish a third grader for sniffing a Sharpie marker.

    Eight-year-old Eathan Harris was originally suspended from Harris Park Elementary School for three days. Principal Chris Benisch reduced the suspension to one day after complaints from Harris' parents.

    Harris used a black Sharpie marker to color a small area on the sleeve of his sweatshirt. A teacher sent him to the principal when she noticed him smelling the marker and his clothing.

    "It smelled good," Harris said. "They told me that's wrong."

    Eathan's father, John Harris, says the school overreacted for treating Eathan as if he was huffing, or inhaling, marker fumes.

    "I think it's outlandish," John Harris said. "It's ridiculous."

    Eathan shyly shook his head "no" when a reporter asked if he knew about "huffing."

    Benisch stands by his decision to suspend Harris, saying it sends a clear message about substance abuse.

    "This is really, really, seriously dangerous," Benisch said.

    http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=89333

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    Another sign that our schools are broken and need an overhaul.
     
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    I liked this part:
     
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    right...how many tens of thousands of schools are there in the U.S.?

    one principle makes a rash decision (brought on by the idiotic war on drugs culture)

    and public schools get indicted for it?
     
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    Schools have become crazy zones when it comes to fear of drugs and fear of loons with guns.
     
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    I agree they have. The solution I see the admin will never let happen. It requires truly putting parents in power.

    I would like to see something like what Head Start has. Ever hear of Head Start Policy Councils? Head Start is ran through joint governance. Each program has a board that is made up of professionals but they also have a Policy Council that must have at least 51% current parents. We make all choices made must cross our table and have a vote. Choices like, who's hired or fired, budget, work orders, and many many more.

    Give power to the parents! The public schools have been trying to pull power from the parents. Many in the system view parents as no more than who babysits them while they are out of school. That parents couldn't possibly know what's right for their child. I have seen this first hand. Not all of them but it seems to be the majority.
     
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    That may be true to a certain extent but parents can disagree on how things are run...for instance, most of the security measures at my kids school are to me a big waste of money and not needed but most of the parents are very happy about it.
     
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    active engagement of parents and majority rules both seem like good ideas.
     
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    This doesn't really bother me all that much. A warning probably would have been enough, but I wouldn't exactly call a 1 day suspension particularly severe. I'd wager that his parents were mostly pissed off because it meant they'd have to babysit him for a day.
     
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    originally 3 days...reduced to 1 after parents complained
     

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