Saturday, May 5, 2012


This past week, a six-year old elementary school student was suspended for three days. His transgression?  According to D'Avonte Meadows, "I only just said the song, I'm sexy and I know it."

Well thank goodness the school officials at Aurora Colorado's Sable Elementary, are diligently watching out for perverted little kids. One would think they could find something better to do but after all, they rationalized, it's not the first time he's sang that same song to that particular little girl, and God forbid, he was shaking his little booty when he sang it.

Accord to the school's web page, "Sable Elementary believes that attendance is a key factor in student achievement. We can best help students achieve if they are here, on time, and ready to learn."

Anyone ever heard of making a kid sit in the office for a few days and do his work in there? Or how about a special  class for kids being disciplined for a few days.

It's pretty obvious this kid has no idea what he's done wrong or at least no idea of WHY it was wrong. Someone needs to explain it to him preferably without telling him too much information. I mean, the kid is only six-year-old.

This brings to mind a situation I had to deal with when I had a grandson living with me. He was only seven-years-old at the time.

When he walked in from school he said, "I've been suspended from school for a week."

"FOR WHAT???", I questioned. He had a puzzled look on his face as he said, "I don't know. Someone said something and I said "That sucks." Whoa boy.

So I had to sit down and explain to this little kid what that expression meant when they first started saying it. I explained it was just an expression that pretty much meant nothing now. He said "Everybody says it."

We got in the car to go to the market and there in the parking lot was a bumper sticker that said, "Bill Clinton sucks". "Look at that", he said. "It's even on that car."

He was a really good kid and he was shocked they thought he had said something dirty. And he loved school and now he couldn't go. "Uh, don't worry about it. Mamaw will fix it," I laughed.

I made him promise not to laugh or make any noise while I was on the phone. I picked up the phone and called the principal. I told her Grandson wasn't sure what he had done wrong to get suspended and would she please explain it to me.

After she explained, I said, "Oh my goodness. I absolutely agree you had to do something. HOWEVER, since he has no idea what he did wrong, I think it's got to be explained to him. You just can't discipline a child without them knowing why.(and she never saw it coming!), Since you're the one who is handing out the punishment, I believe you're the one who has to explain to this second grader exactly what "It sucks" means.

By now, grandson is rolling on the couch, holding his hand over his mouth to keep from bursting into laughter. And the principal was stuttering. When she could talk coherently, she said it's such a shame the saying had become so prevalent but she decided we'd just let it go this time.

Grandson and I were both hysterical when I got off the phone. Yep. A good time was had by all. Except the principal. I believe in turning lemons into lemonade, providing it has enough sugar in it so it's not sour. That would suck.