Of course, seriously and chronically disruptive kids can't stay in the classroom. It's not fair to the teacher or to all the other students. But has this suspension taught these girls anything? Let's go straight to the source and find out. I've developed a good relationship with one of the girls, and during a precious prep I liberated her from in-school and took her for a walk, attempting to have a heart-to-heart about what happened.
Her verdict? She'd do it, meaning punch her opponent in the face, again, if she felt challenged or threatened.
So has suspension had the intended effect?
It doesn't help that the girls are missing their academic work during the suspension, either, which neither of them can afford to miss.
I'm not saying I have an answer. I'm just saying that this doesn't seem to be it.
p.s. Don't forget to get out and VOTE!