Imagine going to the school bathroom and theirs a student with drugs in their position and he offers you the drugs by handing you the drugs but you decline and go on with your day. Then your principal and vice principal call you out of class to ask you about the person with the drugs, so you tell them everything you know. They even search you, smell your clothing, even do a sobriety test on you just to end up being clean of everything. But they come back to the office to tell you you have 5 days of OSS (out of school suspension) because you touched it and that you didn’t tell anyone. Then they tell you you will get all your work sent home with a sibling just for them to forget about the kid that is in OSS missing out on all the class time and basically being a week behind every other student. School suspension and expulsion doesn’t discipline kids. It hurts them. Students who are suspended or expelled from school are more likely to commit crimes, abuse drugs and alcohol, and spiral into low academic achievement and delinquency. This would be acceptable if there was a clear benefit to this extreme disciplinary approach. There isn’t. Studies have repeatedly failed to show that removal from school deters bad behavior or does much at all to maintain school safety. So you tell me Winfield staff do you think it’s fair that some kids will never have a good future because of what OSS can do to them?

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