Girl Bounced from School for Cartwheels
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Cartwheels and handstands have gotten an 11-year-old girl temporarily bounced out of her Los Angeles-area school.
Deirdre Faegre was suspended for a week after repeatedly disobeying school officials who told her not to perform gymnastic stunts during lunchtime.
“Our first concern is the safety of all children,” San Jose-Edison Academy Principal Denise Patton told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Patton said Deirdre could accidentally strike another student, or injure herself, and other children could get hurt trying to imitate Deirdre, who has been doing gymnastics for five years.
Deirdre’s father, Leland Faegre, said it was absurd to suspend his daughter for doing gymnastics when students were allowed to play basketball and other sports.
“Contact sports, apparently, are fine. But this one is so dangerous it requires the cartwheel cops,” Faegre said.
of course, my first instinct is to say “What the heck is the school doing?” – then I actually thought about it.
first, this little nit is exhibiting a BIG disregard for her teachers and principal if she’s been told “repeatedly” to not do her little stunts during lunchtime – and her father, obviously, doesn’t see that as a problem. Second, if MY kid got kicked in the head ’cause he/she wasn’t fast enough to get out of the way of this girl’s sneaker/foot/knee/whatever, I’d be suing the FATHER, the SCHOOL and making sure this kid never made it to college before mine did. Sure, it sounds silly, but trust me – you don’t want to be on the receiving end of a foot in the face, no matter how benevolent the owner may be.
and as for the father’s whiny excuse – see, if my kid’s there to do sports, he/she’s there to do SPORTS. Supervised by referees or teachers or whatever – if my kid’s there to eat LUNCH in a cafeteria and there’s some brat flipping cartwheels to and fro, then that’s inexcusable behavior. Especially since she’s BEEN WARNED before.
and then some people wonder why kids/adults these days don’t have much respect for authority. Of any shape or sort.
wait for the lawsuit as the angry papa files it – it’s L.A. and California, so I have no doubt one’s in the pipeline for “pain and suffering” and “emotional damages”.
that secession thang sounds good right now.