Posted 07-08-2003 at 05:56:44
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....was searched for dip last year. They are allowed to do that you know. If they suspect a kid has a controlled substance they can search his person and his locker. I'm fine with that. What I'm NOT fine with, was an item they found on his person that they proceeded to humiliate him with.
He had a condem in his wallet. I gave it to him. There is a box of them under the bathroom counter right next to the pepto bismol and the extra rolls of toilet paper. It has been missing ONE since school started last year, the one he had in his wallet. I bought them when the phone started ringing all hours of the day, girls looking for Jake.
I told him what they were and what they were for and how to use them and why. One of the school officials could not seem to stop talking about it.
"We found THIS in his wallet!" She waved it around like a tiny little foil wrapped flag.
I tried to ignore her, but she kept at it, every time I would successfully ignore her, she would bring it up again. There were five people in the room, all women except Jake, and every time she would bring it up he would cringe. Finally the last time she shoved it under my nose I snatched it out of her hand and stuck it in my hip pocket.
"You know, I think this falls under the category of personal property, and last time I heard it was not a crime to carry such an item, and furthermore, I have personally attended assemblies that directly address birth control and personal protection at THIS school."
"Well, it's the same as granting permission, if you ask me." She piped up, looking all condescending.
"Yeah, well, you're a prime example of why the school system doesn't work and these kids don't pay attention to you people. You teach them one thing and then condemn them for doing it. If he was in the fourth grade, I could undertsand, but he's fourteen years old for God's sake, and he will always carry one with him as long as he lives under my roof. I bought it for him, I gave it to him, and that needs to be the end of this."
One of the counselors finally spoke up and agreed with me, saying she would a lot rather have them have one than not, as teenage preganancies were at an all time high.
This is not the first time I have seen such examples of mixed messages in the schools. It's no wonder the kids stay confused.