Virginia Beach is in the news! (I wish it weren’t; not for this…)
Last week, a Bayside Middle School sixth-grader, Adrionna Harris, found a classmate of hers cutting himself with a razor blade. Because there was no adult around, Adrionna took intelligent, brainy action herself by taking it away from him herself instead of wandering off in search of an teacher or counselor. However, having been “in possession” of it between the time she had taken it away and the time she had thrown it away (“immediately,” she said), she had run afoul of the No Tolerance policy. (Virginia Beach reportedly has a little bit of leeway for K-5 in this respect, but not for 6-12.)
When Adrionna told a school counselor what she had done, the counselor also took action, though considerably less intelligent or brainy. Adrionna found herself suspended for ten days, and the administration recommended expulsion. It took considerable publicity (ah, the disinfecting effects of sunlight!) before the school board felt perhaps just a wee bit embarrassed and moved Adrionna’s hearing up to this coming Thursday.
But in spite of this show of unheard-of bureaucratic mercy, the criminal child remains unrepentant. She knows what punishment she faces, yet she told reporters she would have done the same thing all over again. “Even if I did get in trouble, it didn’t matter as long as I am helping him,” she said.
If this be crime, I am all for it. Good on ya, Adrionne!