I’ll be honest with you guys: I sort of like following rules. I know that sounds really lame and boring, but logically speaking, if there were no rules or no one followed them, the world would be a mess. I appreciate order, discipline and respect for authority. So a lot of the time when I hear about annoying school rules, I can totally get that they’re frustrating, but I can usually find a good reason for them.
However, there are some punishments and rules in schools across the country that even I can’t find a good reason for. Most of these ridiculous punishments come from schools with zero-tolerance policies – which have been shown to be ineffective by multiple studies over the course of years. This doesn’t stop a lot of schools from enforcing these outrageous and unnecessary punishments that come along with their zero-tolerance policy… and you might be surprised at how many there are.
Did some of the people listed below break the rules? Yes. But did they deserve such a harsh punishment? No, definitely not. Here are 10 of the most ridiculous school punishments… just to make you feel a little better about your detention:
Punished For Being A Designated DriverThis whole story idea came to me after reading the latest ridiculous school news: a high school student got in trouble for acting as a designated driver. Erin Cox from Massachusetts was stripped of her title as volleyball captain and suspended from give games for picking up an intoxicated friend at a party. Her school as a zero-tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol. When Erin got a call from a friend at a party to pick her up because she couldn't drive, she said yes - and arrived the same time as the cops. Erin ended up also getting in trouble just for being there... even though she was doing a good deed. It's totally unfair, not to mention a great way to discourage students from designated driving (which can save lives). Insane. How can you punish someone for trying to help?! Source: ShutterStock
Suspended For TwerkingAs I've written about before, 33 students from a high school in San Diego got in trouble for twerking. The school has a zero-tolerance policy on class disruptions and when the 33 students made a twerk team during the day, they all got in trouble - by trouble I mean not only suspended, but also banned from prom and graduation. They were obviously stupid for twerking, but did it really merit that much of a punishment? I don't think so.
Arrested For BurpingA school in New Mexico actually had a 7th grade boy arrested, with handcuffs and everything, and sent to juvenile detention for burping during class. Yes, they involved police because a kid burped during his gym class. His parents obviously sued and the kid was never charged with anything. How about instead of getting police officers involved when a child burps, we let them focus on more important things? Is that that difficult? Source: ShutterStock
Being Hit For HittingAfter a 5-year-old boy punched a girl in the face during a field trip at a school in Texas, his frustrated teacher decided to use an eye-for-an-eye approach. She encouraged the students to line up and hit him back and was quickly fired afterwards. Now, obviously the kid should never have hit anyone. But, first of all, he's 5 and doesn't know any better. Second of all, you can't discipline a child with violence - that TEACHES violence! I mean, there had to be a better punishment option than having kids hit him back. This is completely ridiculous to even be talking about. Source: ShutterStock
Suspended For Defending YourselfAt another school in Texas, a high school boy got in trouble for defending himself. Apparently, he was being bullied, got hit and defended himself by hitting the person back. Obviously, violence is never the answer. But sometimes, you need to be able to defend yourself. The boy was suspended for 3 days, which would have been appropriate, but then he was also fined $350, put on probation for 4 months and given 20 hours of community service to complete. I just think that is going a little overboard. Source: ShutterStock
Police Involvement For A Late Library BookWhat usually happens when you have an overdue library book? You pay a fine or maybe even get a detention, right? Not in this case. When a 5-year-old girl had several library books out that were months overdue, her school sent police officers to her house to warn her. Um, that's a little dramatic. It's a few books and also, the girl was FIVE. Source: ShutterStock
Expelled For Long HairAt a school in Maryland, a 3-year-old boy was suspended indefinitely for having dreadlocks - the school said no "faddish styles" were allowed. The parents had dreadlocks also and argued that it wasn't a fa - it was cultural heritage. They also said they never signed any agreement to such a thing and refused to cut his hair. I just think imposing rules like that is way too restricting. Source: ShutterStock
Police Escort For Wearing The Wrong Color ShoesA 5-year-old boy in Mississippi got a police escort out of school because his shoes were the wrong color. He was supposed to wear black shoes, but sadly, he only had red and white ones... so his mom used black marker to color the shoes black. Well, I guess some of the red and white was showing through and that was enough to send him home with the cops. It was to show both him and his mother a lesson. Are you kidding me? Scaring and humiliating a kid because he didn't have black shoes? That's insane. Source: ShutterStock
Arrested For Writing On A DeskWe've all probably doodled on our school desks at some point in our life... but in one school in Chicago, a kid got arrested for it. Yes, arrested. I mean, come on. I think a detention or even a suspension would be fine. Again, can we please let our police officers deal with the many more important issues in the world than this stuff? Source: ShutterStock
Lower Grades For Saying 'Bless You'In a California high school, there is a teacher who lowers students grades if they dare to say "bless you" to a classmate after he/she sneezes. The teacher says it's "disruptive." Well, uh, so is sneezing, but are you going to lower grades for that too? I get it, class shouldn't be disrupted with talking... but saying "bless you" after someone sneezes is simply a polite phrase that most of us say without even realizing it. Relax, dude. Source: ShutterStock
Which of these punishments did you think was the most ridiculous? Which do you agree with? What kind of crazy punishments does your school have? Tell me in the comments.