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8 May 2014 - "The Encounter" A DMK Production

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1 8 May 2014 - "The Encounter" A DMK Production on Wed May 07, 2014 5:09 pm


A DMK Production

You are the assistant principal at a high school. One of your many duties is taking care of discipline. Your district does allow CP and you can give up to a maximum of four swats with your paddle. You also have a wide range of discipline offerings to you besides CP such as verbal warnings, detentions, ISS, writing assignments, and anything else which may be appropriate to a situation.

Wilson King is a fifteen year old Sophomore. You know Wilson well and find him a very likable boy. Wilson is an above average student and is also on the school baseball team and involved in several extra-curricular clubs. Wilson's parents are very involved in Wilson's school life.

Wilson is sometimes prone to a bit of mischief but it is nothing very serious. You did assign Wilson a Saturday detention last year (his Freshman year) for skipping class. So far this school year Wilson was before you for excessive class tardies (he likes to socialize too much between classes.) For that you assigned Wilson an essay on the importance of being on time. Otherwise, Wilson can usually be turned around with a stern verbal warning.

Today you happen to approach one of the school staircases and you encounter Wilson:

WILSON KING - 15 (10th Grade)
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Sliding down the railings is strictly prohibited as a safety rule. Wilson explains that he is in a hurry and thought sliding would be quicker. He says he is already late for class (yes he is - the tardy bell has already sounded.) He says he was hanging out with some friends in the library for a few minutes between class. Wilson insists he allowed himself enough time to get to class but then realized as he was almost to class that he left his backpack with all of his books and supplies in the library. Wilson says he is headed back to the library to get his back pack and then he will be on his way to class.

What do you do about your encounter with Wilson?

"In the end, it's just a story. But if you ask me, it's all true."


Two swats, and a late note so he can retrieve his backpack at a walk and not be further hassled on his arrival to class.

Stone Man

Do I hear three swats from anyone? Three? Two going once... Twice... then two it is.

Kier's solution is very reasonable for this young man as he is described.

David M. Katz

I will offer him the choice of 2 swats or a detention for this afternoon. Either way he will get a late note from me.

Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.


I'll take the docs prescription.


MemoryMan wrote:I'll take the docs prescription.

Me too, although I think he deserves an extra one for that outfit.  Smile


This really depends on the school. When I was teaching, most of us 'knew' what the toll was for certain behavior. Since it doesn't sound like Wilson has a previous record with safety violations, but does have a previous record tardies, two sounds like a good call.

"In the end, it's just a story. But if you ask me, it's all true."


I agree with Doc and Ivor.


Two swats is right. He no doubt forgot his books because of the socialing and has been warned.. More swats if the standard tariff for sliding down bannisters involves swats


Editor Extraordinaire
Count me in with Kier.



I'll run with the K Klub as usual!!

John Boy

Walk with him to get his books, give him two swats for the sliding and write him a pass to class because of the swats.

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