My friend's brother, Jack, attends the school I graduated from, and the other day I heard he was externally suspended for a couple of days, which is the step below expulsion and goes on his record for the future. I was further amazed at the reason for his suspension, though. What do you think? Jack was standing around with his friends when a teacher walked over and told them to pick up some of the rubbish that was lying around. The friends did this. The teacher told Jack, however, to pick up a couple of grapes that were sitting nearby. Jack refused, the reason being he didn't know where the grapes had been, so why should he put his health at risk? The teacher told him again to pick up the grapes and put them in the bin. Jack, again, refused. He was then told to follow the teacher to the Focus Room (a detention-room kind of thing). Jack said: "No, I haven't done anything wrong." The teacher walked off, expecting Jack to follow, but he didn't. The process repeated itself about 3 times. Then the teacher returned and said he was going to get the Principal. About five minutes later the Principal comes round demanding where Jack is and takes him off to his office. Jack was then told he was facing external suspension, wasn't given a chance to have his say, and the Principal signed a form that can't be undone and so goes on his permanent academic record. If anything I think it was an abuse of power by the teacher. Why should the student pick up dirty rubbish while the teacher doesn't? And why should someone be suspended for something so petty? Personally, if I look at the recent problems the school has had (and it's an affluent school, don't get me wrong), including a guy getting a stick lodged in his eye and going blind, and another kid being tackled to the ground, resulting in eye surgery where his face was pulled down, and permanent scarring through his hair - it's obvious that the Principal is on edge to discipline. But he was out of line. A call by Jack's dad only received a pompous response from the Principal, and now the family might make a serious complaint to the Education Board and Superintendent so that they will investigate the situation. I'd back their decision, because that minor event could've been easily dealt with much, much better. I mean, if that's the standard discipline, then it's starting to sound like a concentration camp. Thoughts?