What should the consequence be for a student who threw a pencil at a teacher?

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  1. Ms.Holyoke

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    This happened to me today. Admin pulled each group of kids out of my room and only one person told on the kid. I figured out who it was and emailed admin. What do you think the consequence should be?
     
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    No pencils? Only small broken crayon?
     
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    Haha. I mean more the consequence for throwing something at a teacher.
     
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    I would use my best teacher mean face and voice in get right in the student's face. Then I would call home.
     
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    3 days at "da crib".
     
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    Really?
     
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    Too harsh?
     
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    At my school, they gave one day suspensions for students who punched other students.

    There is a suspension hearing for a student who spilled water on a teacher’s chair on purpose...I think.
     
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    That's one day more than they'd get here. Smh
     
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    Throwing a pencil - essentially a pointed dart - is different than, say, a paper wad. This type of thing may seem like "kids being kids" or not that big a deal until you are the teacher-principal-school-district at the receiving end of an irate parent whose child comes home with a damaged eye due to a student throwing a pencil across the room - "But I didn't mean it! I was just kidding!" - and the worst thing that happened was a lecture from the principal. That's what happened at a school in my district.

    In my district the Student Handbook reads: "A teacher may suspend a student for the remainder of the school day and day following for the following reason(s): (1) "Caused or threaten to cause physical injury to another person". (2) "Disrupted or attempted to disrupt the learning environment". This means a teacher may suspend a student on the spot or choose to send the student to the office for principal's action. The student may not return to class or be reassigned to another class or program. Only the principal may suspend a student off campus.
     
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    I just hope I wasn’t overreacting calling admin. I asked the kids who threw it and no one answered. The VP came and asked each kid individually and then gave the whole class a lunch detention if no one came forward. I only know because my teacher friend overheard kids talking about it and who the kid was.
     
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    At my school, throwing something at a teacher would result in a 3-day suspension, assignment of Saturday School, and zeros would be entered in the grade book for all days missed for all classes. Plus, if the attack resulted in injury to the teacher, then loss of privileges up to expulsion and litigation is on the table.

    That’s how you do it! Take that public schools! :p
     
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    It happened at a private school where I use to teach. The student received a 10 day suspension. Some of that had to do with that it hit the teacher.
     
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    At my school, this would just be an in-class consequence.
     
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    10 days??? Wow. I will be surprised if this student even gets a 1 day suspension.

    I am going to follow up with admin on this one. But in my class, I am planning on telling him that I’ve lost my trust in him and he can no longer keep his backpack or other materials with him in my class anymore. In addition, I can’t trust him with a pencil anymore, so he has to use a crayon.
     
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    Same here. Admin would be annoyed with me if I tried to get them to deal with this.
     
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    I would caution against the crayon stipulation proposed in a couple posts. That seems petty, to me. Let the kid face his consequence, move his seat to where you can better keep an eye on him, and move on.
     
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    Sounds like dereliction of duties to me. Case in point, I recently had an incident at my school and I emailed the principal about it and he literally stopped what he was doing to immediately investigate and he got both the students and parents of all parties involved. In fact, his investigation was so thorough that he made a conclusion that day. Seems like we need more of that in schools these days and less of “I can’t be bothered and you teachers handled it.”
     
  20. teacherintexas

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    With most admin that I’ve had, I would be expected to deal with it in class.

    I’ve had admin who would send the kid back to class with candy if I’d sent the kid to the office.
     
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    Sounds like you’ve had your fair share of pretty worthless administrators.

    As a new administrator, I have certain disciplinary powers and I plan to very much use said powers to set students straight.
     
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