A Late Chat Production
You are the assistant principal at the local middle school. Your primary responsibility is maintaining order and discipline. You have several disciplinary options available to you. You may suspend students or assign in school suspension or Saturday detention. After school detention, writing assignments, and removal of certain privileges are also available to you. Your district does allow corporal punishment and you do employ your paddle as needed. You may give up to a maximum of four licks.
These are two of your students. Both boys are thirteen year old seventh graders.
This is Rufus McKlerk. Rufus is a bully and a marginal student. Rufus has been before you several times and has experienced almost every tool in your disciplinary tool box. You would love to have Rufus expelled as you feel he is a distraction and danger to other students but you have never been able to catch him in the act of being an aggressive bully. Rufus' parents are uninvolved and have basically told you they could care less what you do with their son. The black eye and bruised cheek are what brings us here today but more on that later.
This is Cameron Shaw. Cameron is an honor student and has been citizen student of the month for three months running. He has never been in any sort of trouble and all of his teachers report he is a joy to have in class. Cameron is very well liked and respected among his peers. His parents are very involved in his school life and his mother is the president of the parent-teacher organization. Cameron just got braces on his teeth.
Today you heard a commotion in the hallway outside of the library. Several students were standing around cheering on a fight. You made your way into the middle of the fray and found Rufus sitting on the floor crying and holding his face. Cameron was standing over Rufus staring at his still closed fist. Cameron looks like he is in shock and is mumbling about being sorry.
You ascertain from witnesses that Rufus was teasing Cameron about his braces and Cameron then slugged Rufus.
You have a student help Rufus to see the school nurse while you escort Cameron to your office. Rufus will be fine but he will be wearing a shiner for a little while.
Cameron is sitting in your office still in shock. He is quietly crying but manages to tell you that he is sorry but he just couldn't deal with any more teasing from Rufus. Cameron explains he really doesn't know what came over him and the next thing he realizes is he has slugged Rufus and Rufus was on the floor.
There is no set school or district policy as to how you have to deal with this. Typically when a student hits another student you give the choice between four licks or a five day suspension. You do take in consideration the circumstances of the matter.
Cameron finally composes himself and asks, "What are you gonna do to me?"
What do you tell Cameron?