Cesar Chavez School in Portland, Oregon, has suspended its discipline program in light of complaints from parents.
KPTV reported the school used a program called “community service.” Students who behaved badly in class would be punished by being assigned tasks like cleaning up the classroom.
Jeff Haegdorn, the father of a first grade student, thinks the program is a bad idea. “I don't think it's right. I feel like if a student gets in trouble I'm fine with him having detention or having extra school work,” he said.
He added his son suffered as a result of the program: “My son has been humiliated and he's frightened to go to school and he feels sorry has some esteem issues. I just don't think that's right.”
The Portland School District said the punishments aren’t as severe as parents believe — they typically task students with picking up trash around the hallways or picking up paper and pencils.
The program is supposed to teach students social responsibility and remove bad behavior from the classroom. It also eliminates detention and other punishments that might take students away from their studies. The number of students dropping out and being expelled has reportedly dropped.
Haegdorn has removed his son from the school. “Because we can't come to some sort conclusion with the principal, my wife and I have decided it was in our best interest to take our son to another school where they don't have that disciplinary action,” he said.
The program will be on hold until the complaints are resolved.
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