VANDALIZED Student of the Week Sign

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  1. ms_chandler

    ms_chandler Comrade

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    This is a little bit odd...

    Each week, I have a student of the week. I put a certificate inside of a sheet protector that I have hanging out in the hall. It's easy to slip one in and slip it out. Since this is the end of 2nd Quarter, I put a sign out saying all of the names of the students for 2nd Quarter that got Student of the Week.

    When we came from lunch on Friday, I noticed that one of the names was drawn over. It was actually scratched through so that it ripped through the sheet protector a little bit. Of course, the girl whose name it was happened to be in that class. We both noticed it at the same time. Another student pointed it out. I was shocked. It was obviously that whoever vandalized this was out to get this one student. There was a list of 8 names, and only hers was scratched through.

    I teach 7th graders, and they are very self-conscious at this age. I just said, "Cassandra, someone is being really silly (I avoid saying "stupid") and messing around." She thankfully said, "I don't care if someone doesn't like me." We went inside and I tried to forget about this situation.

    I didn't have any more sheet protectors with me at school, so I just reversed it to the other side. But, it will be hanging for another 3 days until vacation. I am afraid someone will do it again. I feel badly for the girl, and I am infuriated. I even thought about putting a sign up saying something about the consequences of vandalism. I don't want whoever this is to think that they can get away with it and I'll just keep replacing things.

    Any suggestions? Has this ever happened to you?
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Sorry this happened to you and to your student. It is unfortunate and was done by a jealous vindictive person. Just start over with a clean page protector- page protectors are cheap. I would keep replacing it as many times as it was vandalized.
     
  4. Tbelle1035

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    That's too bad for everyone involved. Could you post your student's name inside your classroom, where you can keep a better eye on it? Or in the hallway, but at a spot so high that is harder to reach. What a pain.
     
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    I agree. I don't think I would give the vandal another opportunity to hurt that child's feelings.
     
  6. teach 4th

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    I think it may have to be in the classroom. I work for a school where signs are burned off the wall over night. It isn't fair, but I keep everything inside the classroom (or in locked halls).
     
  7. ms_chandler

    ms_chandler Comrade

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    Thanks for the suggestions... I do have an entire bulletin board dedicated to the student of the week, but I hand their certificates out in the hallway for everyone to see. This is the first incident all year, but it breaks my heart. I was just stunned to see that. I guess I could stop doing that, but it makes me mad that this would be the cause of doing that, you know? I thought about putting it in a higher spot, but then it won't be that easy to see.... sigh.... I'll figure it out.

    teach 4th - BURNED off the walls?
     
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    Yeah, I was kind of wondering about that as well???
     
  9. ms_chandler

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    Oh, I also thought about hanging a REFERRAL SLIP next to the certificate... LOL
     
  10. Mrs_Goatess

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    Note on the referral: "If you remove a name, put your name here."
     
  11. teach 4th

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    Yep, burned. It is something that happens at my school over night. Apparently it is usually one guy who is in and out of jail, but I wouldn't even think of putting something outside of my classroom.
     
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    How can someone who's in and out of jail get into the school at night to do that????
     
  13. Upsadaisy

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    Very strange.

    I, too, would be heartbroken to see this happen. Is it a large school? What grades pass by your hallway?
     
  14. ms_chandler

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    I teach 7th grade at a jr. high, so that's 7th and 8th grades. I'm right in the main hall near the principal's office. Nothing happened today, but you know I was checking! lol
     
  15. ms_chandler

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    Oh, and the school has about 700 students between those 2 grades.
     

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