SHOCKING: Lisa Love, the new principal of Harrisburg High School in Pennsylvania suspended more than 500 of the students, leaving most everyone stunned.
After finally revealing the reason, you will be too:
Nearly half the student population at Harrisburg High School was slapped with suspension notices this week because the students had racked up too many unexcused absences.
School officials handed out suspension notices to 500 students on Monday as part of a crackdown by the school’s new principal. About 1,100 students are enrolled at the school.
At least 100 of the students served one-day suspensions on Tuesday as punishment. The disciplinary fates of the other students remain unknown as school officials continue to work with parents to confirm whether some of the absences were excused. School officials said many parents were able to provide documentation to clear up their students’ records.
School officials met with parents en masse after school Wednesday to explain the new expectations at the school, which has long struggled with poor test scores and a low graduation rate.
Just prior to the parent meeting, school officials met with reporters to discuss their new attack against tardiness and truancy to improve the atmosphere at the school.
During the informal news conference, a fire alarm sounded, disrupting the event and sending reporters, students and staff outside for about 10 minutes while the fire department cleared the building.
Afterward, school officials said it was not a planned drill, but they could not say for certain what caused the alarm. They planned to review footage from the school’s surveillance system. It could have been a prank or mechanical malfunction, they said.
The school’s tough stance against tardiness and unexcused absences was launched by the principal, Lisa Love, who said she could not improve academic achievement there, if students don’t show up.
“The problem I’ve noticed here as principal is that students are coming to school, but they are not going to classes when they get here,” said Love, who began leading the school at the end of January. “Many parents send their kids to school and they’re thinking they’re going to class. I needed to reach out because of the enormous number not going to class.”
Instead of reporting to class, students congregate in hallways, restrooms, gymnasiums and other nooks and corners of the expansive school building, Love said.
Love said she needed to do something “radical” to get the attention of students, parents and the community.
“If you’re not in class, all you’re here to do then is to wreak havoc upon the school and disrupt the work that we are trying to do here,” she said. “And that’s to focus on student achievement.”
In a world where schools are doing a plethora of really dumb things that encroach on parental sovereignty and accomplish nothing but show a lack of common sense, it is refreshing to see some old fashioned wisdom!
Some schools have resorted to the stupidity of making truancy a crime…and that’s sheer stupidity.
This principal is handling her problems in-house where they are supposed to be done!
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