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Should schools suspend suspensions?

June 7, 2013

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

School districts across the country have begun to question what was once considered a routine form of punishment for students: suspensions.

Last year, California handed out 700,000 suspensions, and Philadelphia issued 46,552 suspensions for a range of offenses, three times higher than the rest of the state of Pennsylvania.

But school suspensions may be a thing of the past.

Recent studies have shown that students who receive one suspension are more likely to receive another. Suspensions take the student out of school and the learning process, causing them to slip behind in their studies and increasing their chances for more disruptive behavior. Repeated suspensions also can lead students to drop out of school and eventually end up in jail.

One study shows that a single suspension will increase a student’s chance of dropping out from 16 percent to 32 percent. Each suspension increases the odds of dropping out.

Lawyer and educator Daniel Losen co-authored a report, “Out of School and Off Track,” that looked at how suspensions were handed out in the Los Angeles Unified School District. His report found that suspension rates were skewed for many demographics.

In Los Angeles, black students, students from single-family homes, poorer students, and students with disabilities were more likely to be suspended. “As we’ve gotten to this sort of zero-tolerance mentality, that kind of policy has been especially applied to poor kids and especially black kids; and also, kids with disabilities,” Losen said.

“All the research says that [being suspended] contributes to their disengagement from school,” he says. “So you can imagine that for poor students, students from single-parent households or kids who are homeless, they're much more likely to wind up on the streets unsupervised.”

In light of these findings, Los Angeles is looking at a ban on suspensions. Other states, counties, and cities are also looking into the option. Milwaukee schools replaced suspensions with alternative learning centers and mentor programs, where the student receives instruction as well as counseling to find the cause of the disruption.

In Connecticut, where suspensions are banned for all but a few offenses, a report found that suspension rates were higher among nonwhite students. The State Board of Education report shows that black and Hispanic males were suspended two to three times more than their white counterparts.

“All kinds of alarms are going off in my head,” said Theresa Hopkins-Staten, vice chairwoman of the state board. “It’s just alarming that one cohort, one group of students, regardless of where they are, rise to the top disproportionately with respect to suspensions."

The report showed that only a third of suspensions were for offenses like fighting, threatening violence, confronting teachers or bringing drugs or alcohol to school. The other two-thirds were for violating school policies on cell phones, skipping class, and being disruptive or using obscene language.

Philadelphia, too, is trying to reduce the rate of suspensions. The rates of suspensions have been steadily dropping, but many think that the rate is still too high.

“It’s definitely good if the district is relying less on out-of-school suspensions, which do not improve behavior or reduce school violence,” said David Lapp, a lawyer with the nonprofit Education Law Center. “But suspensions are still disproportionately overused.”

While the rates of suspension might be alarming to some, others argue that suspensions are necessary to keep the education process going. Los Angeles Academy Middle School teacher Martha Infante believes that banning suspensions will create more disruptions in her classroom and hinder students’ learning.

“If I see the classroom environment is suffering, that the students are getting scared, I will remove the problem student because my other students have rights, too,” she said.

What do you think?

Should schools do away with suspensions? Are suspensions an effective punishment? What are other effective punishments for disruptive behavior? Do you think that in-school suspensions are better than out-of-school suspensions as a form of punishment? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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9/21/2018
Sidney, MT
Jasmin
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that suspensions are a good thing. they did something wrong so now they have to pay for it they know what there punishments are. I think that suspension will help kids understand that they did something wrong.

9/19/2018
Sidney, MT
Cole
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that there should be another option than suspension because of the suspensions, people drop out. And some principals use it to get rid of black kids, poor kids and kids with disabilities because they probably think they won't get anywhere in life. By not suspending them, they will get a second chance at a future.

9/18/2018
Sidney, MT
Josh A
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I strongly feel that suspensions are a good thing in schools. We need people to be punished otherwise they will never learn and keep repeating their mistakes. I do not think that we should have out of school suspension unless really necessary because then kids just get away with not doing their homework. In school suspension is fine because the student has to think about what they did and still be productive with doing their homework.

4/19/2018
bloomsburg
Kiernan
Mr. Davis
I think we should keep suspension because we need people to get punished. We should only get rid of out of schools because it doesn't help their education.

4/13/2018
Bloomsburg
Rolin Bachert
Mr. Davis
I believe that we should get rid of suspension because is not an effective way of encouraging education. Suspensions only take the student out of school and the learning process which caused them to slip behind on their studies. Instead of suspending the students, we should actually make them stay after school and skip after school activities so they can finish their homework.

4/13/2018
Bloomsburg
Rolin Bachert
Mr. Davis
I believe that we should get rid of suspension because is not a effective way to incourage education.

4/13/2018
Bloomsburg PA
Alex
Mr. Davis
No the suspensions won't do anything to the students. because they are just missing homework etc... But in school suspensions are good bcause the students are still getting the homework and all the school work done during the school day. So in a way they are effective.

4/13/2018
Bloomsburg, Pa
Elise
Bloomsburg Area High School
Yes I do think we should suspend suspensions because yes the kid did something very wrong but your taking away from their learning and they need to catch up on all the work and have quiz's and test to make up. Overall if we just had ISS then they are getting punished and also getting there work done and staying on track with there school work.

4/13/2018
bloomsburg
milly
Jerry Davis / Bloomsburg
I think schools should have suspensions but they should be used for more severe punishments. We see kids being suspended for dumb reasons that are not worthy of the punishment.I think numbers should go down and schools should be more flex able with rules.

4/13/2018
Bloomsburg/ Pennsylvania
Mitch
Jerry Davis/ Bloomsburg
I don't think suspension is an appropriate punishment, because all it is doing is taking a kid out of his learning environment. Rather than being in school, and learning in a classroom he is sitting at his house not being able to learn. Isn't learning the whole point of students attending school. I think detentions are more of an appropriate punishment for student punishment.

4/13/2018
Bloomsburg
Alora
Bloomsburg High School
I don't think schools should suspend people because nobody learns from it. It's basically a vacation for the students and they will more than likely continue to do what they wanna do. I don't think ISS or OOS are either effective.

4/13/2018
Bloomsburg PA
Cade
Bloomsburg High Schoool
I feel that suspensions should be the thing of the past. I feel this way because a suspension takes a student out of the learning environment, and what does that do? It doesn't anything to help the student academically and that's what schools all about.

6/5/2017
ri
Austin
asfms
i think they should because kids might not learn from it

9/20/2016
California
Draco
David A. Brown Middle School
Schools Should have a 3 suspensions and expulsion from school district rules.the kids who don't want to learn shouldn't be there because they cause a distraction to the kids around them.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Andrew
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think schools should get rid of suspensions. I think that suspending a student is not an effective punishment. As a student that has been suspended, when I came back it was hard for me to catch up with the work. Also there are many other effective ways to punish a student like detention or in school suspension, which I think are way more effective than out of school suspension.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Wayne
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Schools shouldn't make suspension go away. It's a good punishment for kids to learn their lesson and learn from there mistakes and work on there behavior problems.Inside suspension is better than out-side of school BcZ kids will still be punished but still have education with there punishment which is good.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Nasir
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Schools should do away with suspensions. Suspensions are not an effective punish because all it does is take kids out of school from learning. Once they come back they will be far behind in what they're doing in school depending on how many days he/she was suspended. Different effective punishment would be A.C.E which allows the student to still do work but just in one room for a whole day. In school suspensions are way better than it of school suspensions because work is still handed to you in school and your still learning.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Paige
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
Schools should not suspend suspensions. Kids need to learn from what they did wrong by being out of school for a temporarily amount of time. By not having it, many kids will just keep doing things because they don't get a big punishment. Yeah, suspensions might not be effective at first, but later on in their life it will.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Dallas
Mr. Hannah/Stroudsburg JHS
Schools should still do suspensions to teach kids what's wrong from right because some kids were never taught that. Suspensions are an effective punishment when your doing it for the right reasons. Maybe another effective punishment would me iss instead of oss because that way the kid dont want to just sit in the same class all day. Yes I think in school suspensions are better then out of school suspensions because they would keep doing it just to get out of school.

3/7/2016
California murrieta
cameron
mr.jabro murrieta creekside high school
no i dont think they should suspend that ,i think they need to keep suspentions because depending on the situation it helps students better themselves and i beleive that if the student keeps getting suspended and dont show that they are working in school then they should edventualy be expelled or homeschooled ,when kids get suspended for fighting or physically hurting another student i think that is a good reason to suspend them, it doesnt matter how many suspentiones are handed out they help some students realize they messed up and will better themselves.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar,CA
EmilyP.4
Wong/Lorbeer
Schools should get rid of suspensions because they are not effective. The only thing suspensions do is keep kids out of school and the kids who usually are suspended are the ones who need to be in school to learn. When the kids get suspended most of the time they will just watch T.V. or play video games which is a waste of valuable school time. That's why when a child is suspended they might enjoy it because they might just play and have fun that day. Studies show when a child gets a suspension it is more likely for them to drop out of high school later. Giving them this punishment will not change the behavior so it is a pointless punishment that makes they future more likely to be unsuccessful.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
RubenP4
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that schools should remove suspensions because students who get suspensions are likely to never change their behavior. Students who are suspended from their school won't think of it as a punishment, only as a free 'get out of school' pass, since they don't get to go to school, they could spend their time playing video games, watching T.V., sleeping all day, or something else that seems fun to them. Since they get to do all of this fun stuff, they don't think of how they can fix this problem and end up repeatedly getting suspended. I think that instead of suspensions, schools could replace this with afterschool detention or mandatory community service. This would be better than suspensions because this will be a more effective way to discipline kids who are disruptive and will not think of it as a day without school.

12/6/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
ZaydaP5
Wong/Lorbeer
In my opinion I think that schools should get rid of suspensions, because the students who get suspensions are not going to change their disruptive behavior, so it is not an effective punishment. The students who receive suspensions don't think of it as punishment, but as a day out of school, where they could play video games, sleep and watch T.V. instead of learning. Now, while they may be enjoying the "good" things of suspensions they are not thinking about how they are falling behind in school. Some other effective punishments for disruptive behavior could be community service, before or after school detentions, assisting teachers, or in-school suspensions. I believe that in-school suspensions are better than out-of-school suspension because the kids receiving the suspensions will not have as much fun and they also will not fall behind.

12/4/2015
Watertown
Jason
Rimas/WHS
I think that suspensions in school should be suspended. A suspend able offense in our school is not coming to school. You don't come to school, and to punish you, they keep you out of more school. Where is the logic in that. Even if the person loses as a threat to the school they get suspended. Then what? That same threat comes back a week or so later. A kid brought an air soft gun into our school and got suspended for five day. He comes back fives days later unchanged and could possibly do the same thing again. And maybe this time actually use the gun. If you get in trouble in school, they should keep you after school for a detention. But if you pose as a threat to the school should should be expelled and not be able to come back.

12/4/2015
Watertown/MA
Tyler
Watertown High School
I believe that schools should get rid of suspensions. From my personal experience, kids who have gotten suspended aren't devastated or upset with the fact that they aren't allowed to go to school. It is simply a day (or more) off from school. It doesn't teach "proper" behavior and I believe that there needs to be a firmer punishment in school or something that the student needs to do. This will allow students to still get their work done and students will learn to not do whatever it was again.

11/29/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
AmaraP5
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that schools should get rid of suspensions, because they are not an effective punishment for disruptive behavior. The students who get suspended don’t think of it as a punishment, they think of it as two words...NO SCHOOL! So giving that student a couple days to stay home, have fun, play video games, or watch TV is definitely not a punishment. That student probably enjoys suspensions, more than school itself. So they are not only enjoying themselves, falling behind on their studies, but they are not learning from their mistakes. Some other effective punishments for disruptive behavior could be requiring that student to not participate in a sports game, for that student to do community service, help teachers with their classrooms, after school detentions, and in-school suspensions. In-school suspensions are much better than out-of-school suspensions because kids that are getting suspended won’t enjoy it as much and will not fall behind on their studies. However the students that are continuously disruptive in the classroom after these punishments should be subjected to being expelled.

11/13/2015
Canton MI
William
Mr.Fite/Canton Prep
I do not think that that schools should take suspensions out for many reasons. Suspensions may not be affect right away but they get marked down and can affect you later in life. Some kids may not care about getting a suspension only because they don't have to come to school but their is more to it. The people that understand their mistakes and learn from them, are the ones that take punishments like getting suspended seriously. This is why suspensions should be kept in schools.

11/9/2015
Canton, MI
Luke M.
Mr. Fite/Canton Preparatory HS
I'm not convinced that suspensions should be in any way disbanded, even if they may not be as effective as they once were. While suspensions aren't perfect and may be handed out more often than needed, I can't think of something that could take it's place. If suspensions disappear but nothing comes to take their place, then there may not be enough options for teachers when dealing with students. And more students may begin to be even more disrespectful to certain teachers. I'm not sure that suspensions should remain forever, but without an effective replacement I don't believe they should be completely disbanded.

11/5/2015
Canton/Michigan
Matthew
Mr. Fite/ Canton Preparatory High School
I believe that suspensions should no longer be used as a form of punishment because limiting a student's education does not encourage positive behavior. If a student has committed an offense, they should instead be forced to do community service. They should still be able to attend school, because they need to be educated instead of putting them further behind especially if this student is a repeated offender. Instead of putting them behind in schoolwork, give them the opportunity to benefit the community. In conclusion, community service is a better alternative to suspensions, because it will help build character instead of making school harder for the student.

11/5/2015
Canton/MI
Jonah
Mr.Fite/Canton Prep HS
I believe schools should get rid of suspensions. For one, if the student does get suspended, its basically a day off for the child and they don't learn a thing. It does not reinforce doing good, its just a day off. If a student does do something bad they should instead of getting suspended and not learning anything, they should get a punishment inside the school. They should get a in school suspension so they actually do something instead of sitting at home. Suspension is a awful punishment that doesn't do anything positive. That's why I believe we should get rid of suspension

11/5/2015
canton Michigan
Ryan Henderson
Mr Fite
I really think that schools shouldn't suspend suspension because when you suspend kids from school, it gives them a taste of what being singled out means (speaking from experience). When you are suspended from school, it isn't anyone's fault but your own.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg PA
Ben
Mr.Hanna
I beleive that schools should get rid of suspensions. First of all, the student isn't getting an education and if the student does poorly in school it's going to effect the school overall if multiple kids are getting suspended. I think it would be best to put them in "In school suspension" so they can get work done. Not only will this help that student complete their work but it will keep them from getting in more trouble out of school.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Steven
Mr.Hanna, Stroudsburg JHS
I think schools should get rid of suspensions, I think they should give students a punishment that alows them to stay in school, kids can make theirselves get suspended so their out of school.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Alexa
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg jr.high
I think schools should get rid of suspensions because they arnt effective anymore. Some parents don't even discipline their kids anymore so all they do is go home and do whatever they want to. Many kids like getting suspended because it's easy and fun. They should make a new discipline system that kids will actually care about and be scared of getting.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg PA
Nick Fedor
Mr Hanna / stroudsburg JHS
By suspending a violent or dramatic student you are giving them the chance to do it in the public areas. If a student is caught spray painting or drawing on school property you are suspending them and giving them time to do it to public buildings. So yes. By keeping them in school you are helping the community. As well as educating them. Win win I guess. ??

5/27/2015
murrieta / ca
omaree
mr.jabro / creekside high school
yes because why suspend a kid when they are going to be at home where they want to be doing nothing putting them further behind in school

4/20/2015
reedville va
Jacob
Johnston
Yes they should be baned; but how else would you disipline students? Easy after school detention.

3/3/2015
New York,New York
Genesis
KIPP Washington Heights
I think we should get rid of school suspensions, and find a new and improved helpful system instead. Having kids not learn for mistakes is a very bad thing, because that means more trouble for this specific kid.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Emilio
Mr. Hannah/ Stroudsburg JHS
Well, I never had ACE but it makes more sense than suspension. For suspension, students love it because of 2 words, NO SCHOOL! They get to do stuff. But for ACE ( also known as Alternate Classroom Environment), you stay in school, but in a confined space, working all day. Seems to make more sense, if you ask me.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Khaled
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think schools should suspend suspensions because it’s not effective anymore because now students just hang out and their parents never know because when the school calls the kids answer and the teacher or whoever calls don’t realize that the student is the one talking. Also, when students get suspended they actually do worse things like smoking hookah or meeting up with girls, and that causes them to do more things which are mostly sexual. There are better ideas like giving them in school suspension because in the same time they’re in a class and they don’t see their friends and they get some education instead of going home and lying on their parents and on the school, it doesn’t make any sense.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg,Pa
Andrew
Hanna/SJHS
I think schools should still suspend students but only if they really deserve it for like fighting some people think suspencion is effective but for others it is not. Some other effective ways are Ace and this is better than out of school suspension because they still have to do all the work.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Valeria
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think schools should really get rid of suspensions. They are completely not a good punishment at all! They just give free days off from school for the suspended kid and when he comes back he or she will probably be too lazy to make up all the work. In-school suspensions are definitely way more effective since the kid still has to do their work in there, also they still have to go to school in some way, shape, or form. Instead of them just playing video games or being on their phones the 5 days they got suspended.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
Kalin
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg PA
I think that schools should suspend suspensions. If a student did something bad enough to deserve a suspension,that person would most likely think of it as a break off school. Also if the school suspended a child it's not like they would be doing schoolwork all day long. Each suspension that the schools issue out, increases the odds of students dropping out. I think that instead of the schools suspending students, they should have a separate classroom for them to do one on one learning. This way they will be isolated from other students, but they are still learning. Being suspended just contributes to their disengagement from school. If the schools would just suspend suspensions, it would decrease the chances of kids dropping out.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Da-Nelle
Mr.Hana/Stroudsburg JHS
Yes, I believe that schools should suspend suspension. It doesn't make sense to send a child home from school as a form of punishment when most of the time they want to go home anyway. When they are home how is that making them understand what they've done and learn from it? The child is going to miss school work and they will be left behind in school work too. Their parents might be at work so then they're at home by them self as a punishment...sounds pretty fun time to me.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg/Pennsylvania
Victoria
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg Junior high School
I think that suspension should be suspended. These kids need to learn and their minds are growing and they need the learning skills. Some parents are not even at home when the child is suspended. And some parents don't even care that their child does have this consequence. And they might not even do their work and just think of the suspension as a break off school.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg,Pa
Sarah
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think schools should suspend suspensions. Schools are giving the student more time to just sit around and not learning. This increases their chance to drop out of school and ending up in jail. The kids should be learning. The school probably thinks that suspension is going to stop the student from doing something bad again. Some kids just don't learn and keep doing the same mistake over and over again. The kids probably think it's fun not to be in school so they keep getting in trouble. Suspension doesn't make the situation any better. It just makes it worse.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Mark M
MR.HANNA SJHS
School should do away for suspension. There is no point in suspension it is getting the kids out of school. The kids that get suspended, most of them probably don't want to be in school anyway. Your giving them what they want. They need to still attend school but in an alternate environment or in school suspension where they receive the work from there teachers but no socialization and there parents must pick them up from school. I believe this would be the #1 way to punish kids in school because you don't want to have a lot of high school drop outs.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg/Pa
Alefiyah
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I feel that suspensions should be suspended from schools. I have learned that from experience and studies that there are kids out there that don't get any better, no matter how much you punish them or suspend them . No matter how much you punish a student, is their home life going to get any better? Are their disabilites going to get any better? Is their poverty going to get any better? Students who get susupended usually have these types of problems. Even worse, a single suspension will increase a student's chance of dropping out again from sixteen to thirty-two percent. Instead of suspending a student out of school and making matters worse, there should be a policy that the student has to come to school to talk to the guidance counseler. Unless a parent calls and says that their child has just made a stupid mistake, and that it probably won't happen again. If schools just allow out of school suspensions, we don't know if the child is at home playing video games, or if the child is working through their problems. A in-school suspension would be a lot better for that reason. These are reasons why schools shouldn't encouage suspensions in schools.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg/Pa
Gabby
Mr. Hanna/ sjhs
I think suspension should be suspended. In school suspension is more of a punishment. When they are out of school that is doing them a favor. When they are out of school they can do stuff and sleep. They need to be in ACE so they have to do work all day.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Max
Mr.Hana
As a student, I think that schools should eliminate suspensions because usually when kids get suspended they are excited. It's just another opportunity for the kid to get out of school which most likely exactly what he or she wants. I think that ACE or (alternate classroom environment) would be a better choice because the student is away from interaction for the entire day usually for up to a week. Another suggestion I think would be reasonable is two saturday detentions because students usually like to sleep in on Saturdays and you they can't do that if they know they have Detention.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Mackenzie
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I believe schools should not suspend suspensions. This is another form of punishment from the authority in charge. If teenagers really hate getting suspended, then do not get yourself into trouble. Start being a good kid, and put school as your number one priority. Suspension is an effective way of getting kids to realize what they have done wrong and what they should fix. I do not think there is another way an adult can punish you for something you did wrong, that would be helpful and make you realize "hey I need to change". Therefore, suspension should not be suspended through out schools.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
McKenna
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I do not think that suspensions should be suspended. Just because they are not learning and they have to stay out of school doesn't mean that they should do away with suspensions. If they want to drop out i say let them drop out! Jobs should say you can't get a job without a high school diploma. Most people would not be able to live with out a job and if jobs require a diploma then they have to go back to school. Some kids learn from their mistakes and most people that get suspended don't drop out when they get suspended. Therefore if they get suspended it is on them not the teachers.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Karen
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think that schools shouldn't have suspension anymore. Suspenions is a very effective punishment a lot of kids can miss work and while there home they can go enjoy themselves because they're parents are working so for them it's probably more like a break that they can enjoy. I think in school Suspenions are better then out of school because then the student is learning and not doing bad things and falling behind. But, I think out of school suspenions are only acceptable if that person goes to school on the weekends and makes up there work.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Nikki
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think that suspension should be suspended from school because students fall behind on grades and school work and may even drop out as they get older. Suspensions are not an effective punishment because they get behind on grades and studies. An effective punishment that they could use is in school suspension. It is better because this way they can catch up on their school work and keep their grades up but are still getting a consequence for their action.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Gabrielle
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that they should continue with allowing suspension. It is an effective punishment. Students who get suspended will most likely learn from it which is why it should be allowed.

9/29/2014
murrieta, CA
mickey
mr.jabro /creekside high school
i think that schools should have an alternative to suspensions instead of not letting the students come to school, because the fact of the matter is , some students don't really care about their education ,so they'll do anything to get suspended , like doing drugs at school or they'll bring weapons ,and if the schools suspend the students from school , then are they really punishing them or just giving them a vacation from school? because the more a students gets suspended the chances increase for them to drop out of school i think a good alternative to suspending students is to give "on campus suspension" and if the they don't show they show ,they school should add days to the " on campus suspension" ,and possibly give them saturday school , until they start showing up to school ,and the school should separate them from the rest of the students ,and in that room the "ocs" students should be required to do work non-stop .

9/5/2014
murrieta,ca
Jorge L.
Mr. Jabro
I think suspension are pointless beacause they are punishing the student for doing something wrong, but most students see it as a vacation from school. A better alternative would be in school suspenion, where they are sent to a diffrent supervised room for the day and get all theyre work for that day.

6/13/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Jasmine D
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think that schools should take suspensions out, because if a student were to get into trouble then they would have to be disciplined. With that being said, students should be suspended from school if they were to get into trouble. Other disrupted behavior punishments would be to get lunch detention or Expelled , but other than that I don't know any other punishments.

6/13/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Nadia S.
Mr. Hanna Stroudsburg JHS
I think schools should suspend suspensions: suspensions are not effictive at all because the kids get to stay home all day and do whatever they want. I think a more effective punishment is ACE because you have to sit in a quiet room all day and do work.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Ashley F.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I feel that schools should do away with suspensions. In my opinion, suspensions aren't an effective punishment because the students who get suspended see it as a "vacation" from school. Out-of-school suspensions are the most ineffective punishment you could give a student. Other effective punishments for disruptive behavior could be to help clean up the school, both inside and outside. Another effective punishment for disruptive behavior could be no more extracurricular activities until the student earns their activities back. For example, the student can earn his/her extracurricular activities back by no longer being disruptive. I think that in-school suspensions are better than out-of-school suspensions as a form of punishment.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Zach R
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
After reading this article, I feel schools should not suspend suspensions, however keep them at a limit. A suspension is a punishment when a student does something far worse than the school rules states. Without suspensions, kids would not learn from their mistakes, and continue to commit bad actions. For instance, when someone gets in trouble, warn them about a suspension with a detention. If the student continues to be bad, then you give him/her a suspension. After the suspension, and the student continues being bad, you make their punishment a new "in school" suspension, where they are required to eat, learn, and sit with nobody around you. You make it horrible for them, that way they learn their lesson. However, schools should not suspend suspensions, for they teach kids lessons, and how to learn from their mistakes.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Shecquanna
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
Yes I do believe that schools should do away with suspensions because I believe that it is pointless. My reason for saying this is because when you suspend a student your are not only taking away from their education your also giving them exactly what they want. The opportunity to stay home and do nothing. I do not believe that suspensions are effective punishments because the student is just going to come back and do the same thing because what's the worst that's going to happen they'll just have to spend a few days home. A good effective punishment for disruptive behavior would be something like ACE. I believe that in-school suspensions are better than out-school suspensions because when you are in school you are well aware that you are being punished. You are under very strict rules and how boring it is you will never want to go back.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Colin Brady
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think schools should suspend suspensions. They're the most ineffective way of punishment. Lunch detention is probably words than suspension. All it does is let a student get his work done quicker and then he gets to chill the rest of the days he is suspended. If a student does stuff to get suspended he most likely doesn't even like school, so why give him what he wants?

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Ashley C.
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think suspensions should be suspended. I think this because honestly its pointless. I think its pointless because first, when the student comes back the student would probably do it again. Second, the student might be having fun while they are suspened because your home all day or doing other stuff then just sitting around in school. If a student is going to have a punishment I think a few days or even weeks of ace would be the best punishment for students because at least they are getting watched by a strict teacher. Honestly I think that school suspensions should be suspended.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Livia M.
Mr. Hanna Stroudsburg Junior Highscho
I strongly believe that schools should suspend suspensions. Suspensions, according to this article, are usually given out faster because of race and discrimination/beliefs. This is unfair and unjust to teach our future adults. The article also states that every suspension is a step closer for a student to become a drop out. Lastly, as a student myself, I see suspension as a vacation. The many kids I hear that have received this punishment seemed to agree. Therefore this punishment isn't teaching them anything. Schools should give out disciplinary punishments for unacceptable behaviour but keep our future citizens in school not out!

6/12/2014
Stroudsbur, PA
Devon B
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think schools should suspend suspensions. Kids don't learn from it they just sit around playing video games or on their phones when at home anyway. The alternative learning centers and mentor programs would be an effective punishment for disruptive behavior. In-school suspensions are a better choice than out-of-school suspensions because then the kids are forced to work and learn from their mistakes because they can't just sit around playing video games or on their phones.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Talia g
Mr. Hanna stroudsburg JHS
I believe that school suspensions should not be allowed. Studies show that people who have been suspended have more of a chance if dropping out. Also, I do not think that it is a good punishment. Most kids do not like going to school and a suspension is just permission to skip.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Amber F
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I feel that suspensions should be suspended. I feel this way because it increases the percentages of drop out students. If it is required to go to school by law, then why are schools suspending their students? I understand that it is a way of discipline, but most kids don't even like coming to school. therefore they may not even see it as a punishment. If students want to go to college or be successful then principals should not suspending students. All suspension really does is give students a couple days or more to be home. Some kids don't even learn from being suspended so there is no point. The more a school suspends a student, the more frequently it happens

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Jayna
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I believe school suspensions are pointless. They are more of a vacation than a punishment to students. More epic punishments should take place to prevent students from acting out again. Students would just have more time to Mrs around and eventually get in trouble again. Our of school suspensions should be terminated and in school suspensions should just take place with better punishments that teach the arguments a lesson.

5/28/2014
Maple, WI
Zachary
Dr. Crail
I think that out of school suspensions are pointless. Most of the time kids getting them are the same kids that just don’t care and don’t want to be there anyway. So by suspending a student who doesn't want to be there you're only giving them the chance to goof off and be bad kids. I’ve moved around a lot and one thing I know is that for some reason the kids who are bad and mess around are the kids that younger ones look up too and by suspending someone instead of using some other form of punishment you're making up peoples minds on what they want to act like. Give kids in-school suspensions if you have too but try to find some other form of punishment is the smart and better choice. Or so I think at least.

2/12/2014
Harrisburg PA
Shannon
Morris CD
Suspensions should be suspended as it is not an effective punishemnt. The so called punishment allows kids to stay home from school, which most kids enjoy. So students do not care as much about getting in trouble. If you truly want to punish them give them detention or make them do extra work.

9/27/2013
Watertown/Ma
Leo
Rimas/Watertown
Suspensions are not a good punishment. It is simply giving the student what he/she wants, to not be in school. Think about the logic of not letting a kid come to school for not being in school. Clearly the kid doesn't want to be in school so your just doing him/her a favor. In other cases, such as fighting or what ever it may be, suspensions still don't make sense. Making the student sit in just one room for the day doing work would be more logical, not keeping the kid out of school, making them fall behind in there classes.

9/27/2013
Watertown
Kavita M
Rimas
I don't think there should be suspension, Suspension doesn't make any difference to the kids, indeed kids don't care. All they do is sit at home play games, or do something they are not suppose to do. They should have some other kind of punishment so they can work and do somethings good and stay away from bad things.

9/27/2013
watertown Ma
Luke L.
Rimas WatertownHighSchool
i'm not sure what they should do. I think Suspensions are a good way to get the point across and sometimes all a kid needs is a few days away from school to get them self back in line

9/27/2013
Watertown/MA
Youki
Rimas/Watertown High School
I've always thought suspensions were pointless and ridiculous. Think it like this, I go to school and to get into a lot of trouble that causes me to get suspended. The next day, all I do is nothing. The punishment is to stay at home and not learn and most kids would like that instead of going to school and that's a fact. I believe that schools should start changing their ways of punishment so that kids would actually abide with the rules made my the school. In-school suspensions are probably the best way to go as of now because the kids are forced to do work without having any communications with friends. This is definitely more distressing for the kid and it may even prevent the kid from misbehaving again.

9/27/2013
Watertown, MA
Kelly
Rimas
Within the student population suspensions are seen as a present and not a punishment. When students are suspended, it is out of the control of the school as to how they are punished. Out of school suspensions should be a thing of the past as they have proven to be ineffective

9/27/2013
Watertown, MA
Kelly
Rimas
Within the student population suspensions are seen as a present and not a punishment. When students are suspended, it is out of the control of the school as to how they are punished. Out of school suspensions should be a thing of the past as they have proven to be ineffective

9/27/2013
Watertown/Massachusetts
David
Rimas/Watertown High School
I don't think suspensions are a good way of punishment. they don't teach any lessons and don't really serve a purpose. when students get suspended its usually because they are "a danger" to the school if this were true they probably wouldn't be in school in the first place. when students get suspended they just stay at home and don't need to worry about anything.

9/27/2013
Watertown/MA
Lauren
Rimas/Watertown High School
I think that schools should do away with out-of-school suspensions and rely more on in-school ones. If a student does something wrong, giving them a few days off from school isn't going to anything but encourage them to do something similar again. Out-of-school-suspensions should only occur is the student does something seriously wrong, such as harming others. Overall though, teachers should stop suspending students (even if they are in-school-suspensions) for small things, such as cell phone violations and find alternative punishments

9/27/2013
Watertown/MA
Kyle
Rimas/WHS
I think getting suspended is a thing in the passed. If you get a out of school suspension its just a day off of school to relax. I think in school suspensions are more affective to the student because you do nothing all day and don't talk with anyone. It is not a big deal to parents as you get older because they don't have to miss a day of work because of their kids behavior. If they are a threat to the student body or faculty they should get a out of school suspension or possibly expelled. I think they should suspended them for older kids but keep them for younger because they are more affective for younger kids.

9/27/2013
Watertown, MA
Melissa
Rimas, Watertown Highschool
I think we should keep school suspensions. Students that cause trouble, do something against the rules, etc need some kind of punishment. They need time away from the school to reflect on what the student have done that is wrong. Without school suspensions what would another punishment be, direct expulsion? What if what the student did was against the rules but not severe? There needs to be something between getting a minor detention and expulsion.

9/27/2013
Watertown/ Ma
Kaitlyn M
Mr.Rimas/Watertown high school
School's should suspend suspensions. It's not effective and gives the student a chance to take the day off. School's should enforce stricter rules instead of suspension.

9/27/2013
Watertown, MA
Francesca
Rimas
There is obviously a pattern where the same kids tend to get suspended multiple times. I think those people don't really care about being suspended, and think of it as days off. Schools should probably find an alternative solutions for those students because suspension is not working and just making them fall behind.

9/27/2013
Watertown/Ma
Cesar F
Rimas/Watertown High School
For students that are being suspended constantly, then out of school suspensions are pointless because they clearly don't care about being suspended and you are giving them a vacation from school. For students that usually don't get in trouble and that care about doing well then school suspensions are fine.

9/27/2013
Watertown
Jessica
Rimas
I think that we should banned school suspensions. Kids don't take out of school suspensions serious and think its just a day off to fool around and have fun. I think in school suspension should only be given out. This will make the students not want to get suspend again because they will be isolated in a room with a teacher for so many days. This will make them do their homework/ classwork. Also this will make the students not want to get in trouble again because they will be in a room by themselves for such a long time.

9/27/2013
Watertown/Mass
Christina M.
Rimas/ Watertown High School
I believe that out of school suspensions have very little affect on the student. Unless a kid has a bad punishment at home due to the suspension, then why wouldn't they want a day out of school. Once they are out of school they are free to do what they like, especially if their parents work. In school suspensions would be much more effective because the student has to stay in school where he or she can be monitored and has the potential to be more productive. I bet if you took a survey out of all the kids who have ever been suspend they would favor the out of school suspension because they can get a day off from school verses the in school suspension where they still have some sort of authority over them and are forced into staying at school.

9/27/2013
watertown, ma
Alex
rimas/WHS
Man, that's a hard one. I think we should keep school suspensions. Without suspensions people may take advantage of the system and be more likely to cause trouble because there are no repercussions. Out of school suspensions are only effective depending on whether or not the parents are strict and actually encourage their kids to reflect upon the incident.

9/27/2013
watertown, ma
Alex
rimas/WHS
Man, that's a hard one. I think we should keep school suspensions. Without suspensions people may take advantage of the system and be more likely to cause trouble because there are no repercussions. Out of school suspensions are only effective depending on whether or not the parents are strict and actually encourage their kids to reflect upon the incident.

9/27/2013
Watertown
Sarah
Rimas
I think that schools should suspend suspensions. When students get suspended they miss out on all their school work and have a day or two at home relaxing. How do kids learn from that? They don't. I think kids learn from in house suspention where they're sitting in a classroom the whole day bored and the only thing they can do is their work. I believe that kids don't learn their lesson from suspentions.

9/27/2013
Watertown/MA
Nick A
Rimas/WHS
I think school suspensions are completely unnecessary. As a student in high school the one thing that i want to do in school, besides get an education, is not be in school at all. When the administration does an out of school suspension for kids at the age of 14-18 its the best the ever, a day off of school. It doesnt teach the kids anything, its not going to change the way they think or have them think about what theyve done, for kids its just another day off.

9/27/2013
Watertown/Ma
Shannon C.
Rimas
I think that out of school suspensions should be exterminated. Kids who get suspended usually don't mind the time off from school. Not being forced to sit in class and do work is probably something they wouldn't be against. I think in-school suspensions should be the only type of suspension offered. Instead of giving kids time off from school to "think about what they've done wrong" would be much more effective if the student actually had to come to school and do work being individually supervised. This would make the student not want to get suspended because they would not want to be so closely watched for such a time period again.

9/27/2013
Watertown
Danny A-M
Rimas
I think that suspensions aren't effective as they seem. It seems like a good idea at first glance because the student has time to "think over about what they did wrong," when in reality they are doing nothing of the sort. Also, during this time, they are not participating in school so they are not learning anything. A suspension just gives a student an excuse to not do work and they I don't think that they actually have an affect on the student for the better, suspensions should be suspended.

9/25/2013
NYC
Sophia
Paul Munson
Suspensions should be suspended because most students tend to enjoy getting suspended since they dont even like school in the first place, especially if its an out of school suspension, and just because the student gets suspended doesnt mean that they are going to drop out since i know people that haven't dropped out after being suspended, and even if they were to drop out, the suspesions wouldnt be the cause.

9/25/2013
Watertown
Greg K
Rimas / Watertown
Suspensions are a waste of time especially for repeat trouble makers. They look at it as a day off from school and they dont really learn from it.

9/25/2013
watertown
christian
rimas
I feel that schools should get rid of suspensions. Its not fair for students because as a result they end up having to make up a lot of work when they get back. If schools feel the need to suspend a student then make it an in house suspension, this way they can keep up with there school work

9/25/2013
Watertown, MA
Kate
Rimas, Watertown Highschool
Suspensions are ineffective and are detrimental to the student's education. It is entirely illogical to punish a student for misbehaving at school by forcing them to miss educational classes that they are entitled to. Another form of being removed by the community as punishment would be more appropriate, granted that the student is still receiving their education. Students who act out usually are not the top scholars; instructing them to miss school and getting them behind in their courses will only escalate poor behavior that stems directly from disconnection to the academic aspect of school.

9/25/2013
Watertown
Issa
Rimas
I feel they should not suspend suspensions. Because if they do that schools might start expelling kids for small and stupid things.

9/25/2013
Watertown ma
Matt
Rimas
School suspensions arnt effective because i think kids who get suspended dont feel like they are getting punished but feel like they are on a vacation.

9/25/2013
Watertown
Hayley
Rimas
Yes because suspensions don't really punish someone who did something wrong because they get a day off from school

9/20/2013
Sidney/Montana
Zack
Mr.Faulhaber
I believe schools should not get rid of suspension. Due to the fact if they are in suspension they somehow did something against the rules in handbooks of that school. Also what else would you do if the student did that activity not allowed, he/she would just get off with most likely a warning. With school suspension students will most likely learn sitting in a room is boring and try to prevent from getting suspended again.

9/20/2013
Sidney/MT
Ethan
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High
Suspension makes sure that student who may be causing problems in school stay out and keep the issues from happening again, It makes it very clear that they should be kept. They benefit more than anything when it comes to a reasonable and effective punishment.

9/13/2013
Sidney, Montana
Jessica
Mr. Faulhaber
No, I don't think schools suspension should be suspended. If its out of school, then yes. But if its in school suspension then I think that's a good punishment that way they have time to just sit down be quiet and do some work. Out of school suspension however should be suspended because its basically letting a student just stay home. THEY LIKE STAYING HOME! That's no punishment. Yes they will class time, but thats on them not the teachers or any adult.

9/13/2013
sidney Montana
jesse
Mr. faulhaber
i think kids should still do in school suspensions and not out school suspensions because if kids get to go home and not go to school there just going to take it as a free day from school and they wont learn from there mistakes. so no i think we should not suspend suspensions.

9/13/2013
Sidney/ Montana
Jeremy
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
No, I believe suspensions should not be suspended due to the fact that. if they do something bad enough in there school. They deserive the punishment they receive. But, I can see that it would be better for the students that if they suspended out-of-school suspension. With just sticking with in-school-suspension.

9/13/2013
Sidney/Montana
Ryan
Mr.Faulhaber
In school suspension would be better.

9/11/2013
Fairfax, CA
Coleton
Nelson
In my honest opinion, out-of-school suspensions are not as effective as giving a troublesome student a in-school suspension. When kids are suspended FROM school, they will get behind in their schoolwork and are not exactly being punished anyway, because at home there would be more access to distractions such as phones and TV. In-school suspensions would be much more effective to the students, because they would have a closer eye against them than at home.

9/11/2013
Corte Madera/Ca
Lana
Ms. Neelson/Sir Francis Drake H.S
I feel as though suspensions should still be there as a form of punishment, but I believe that schools should switch to in-school suspensions. I feel as though some students who get suuspensions, purposely get suspensions because at home you can do whatever you want, and lets say you were suspended for using your phone during school hours, at home you just have even more access to that phone. You could be getting into even more trouble out os school than in school However, if in-school suspensions were enforced than it would truely be a form of punishment, you would do our work, peerhaps they would take all unnecessary electronics away from you, so you could just focus on schoolwork. Therefore I feel as though in-school suspensions would be a better form of punishment than out-of-school suspensions.

9/11/2013
California
Luke
Nelson/Sir Francis Drake
I do not think that schools should rid of suspensions, however I do think they need to be modified. If the suspension is not in school, you are pretty much given a few days off, and it is not much of a punishment. If it is in school, and you have to spend the day doing work, it is a much more effective punishment. It would also be more beneficial to the student, since they would have to use the suspension productively, and continue learning, instead of falling behind in their classes.

9/6/2013
Belleville/ NY
Gregory
Colby/BHCS
I believe that you should be suspended. If you have gotten to the point of that it is enough in the school system then you should except your punishment. There are usally In school supentions it is just before out school suspensions.

9/6/2013
Belleville/NY
Tristan
Colby/Belleville Henderson Central School
I believe that while schools should not do away with suspensions, the reasons that are used to give out suspensions should be lessened. If a child is suspended, they get time out of their classroom and away from their studies. It's almost like a vacation because they did something wrong. This leads to the child wanting another suspension because its a way out of school work. In School Suspension (ISS) is better then the regular out of school suspension. They sit in one classroom for an allotted period of time and do classwork away from friends and other things that can lead to classroom disruptions. This keeps them on track with their fellow peers but doesn't give them the possibility of disrupting their felow peers. If a child were to get a large number of ISSs, then they could be sent to an alternative school where they have very few priveledges and very litlle freedom. The amount of time a strudent would have to attend these alternative schools would depend on the reasoning for their ISSs and the amount they had. So while out of school suspensions should be suspended, in school suspensions shouldn't.

9/6/2013
belleville/ny
emily
colby/bellebeille
Schools should band suspensions. It causes the students who have been suspended to get in trouble again..Some students think of it as a vacation time because some suspensions are outside of school. i believe instead of suspension they need a new punishment. For example giving out more detention.

8/2/2013
Benson/AZ
Chandler Johnson
Sorensen/Benson High School
I do not believe that schools should band suspensions. The reason students are being suspended because they have done the highest level of school violation. The student has earned their way into suspensions with the actions they chose. When they get suspended they have no possible way of making up assignments. So they are digging a deep hole for themselves that will lead to not graduating. They decided to have indecent decision so they should be punished. Why should I have to learn with another student who just disrupts the class 24/7 with their actions. I am their to learn and so should they. So I honestly believe that suspension should stay in play at high schools.

8/1/2013
Benson/Arizona
Jessica
Sorensen/Benson
I agree that the school should suspend suspensions. It is absurd that students get rewarded for breaking the rules. Chances are that those students who get in trouble already want to get out of school. By suspending them you are just giving them a legal reason to get out of school. If a student does something bad enough to get suspended then they should go to an In House Suspension (IHS). In this separate room or building, they will have to do all of their school work; and when they finish that, then they should do community service work around the school. While in IHS they should not be allowed to socialize because that could initiate more disruptive behavior. If they still misbehave in this environment then the punishment should be busy work such as writing random, educational, paper. My point is we need to keep students in school as much as possible or they will be more likely to drop out when they are of legal age to do so. The last thing we want to do is reward trouble makers or initiate a drop-out.

8/1/2013
benson/arizona
adam
Sorenson/Benson
yes, I personally believe suspensions shall be suspended due to the simple fact that it takes students out of the learning process, there should be an in school suspensions, allowing the student to still get the proper teaching now necessary to obtain just a mediocre job.

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