A Kat Production
Mr. Peterson has sent Felix (age 14) to you, the vice principal of Hillcrest Middle School. After Felix showed up for class late for the third time this week, Mr. Peterson sarcastically congratulated him on earning a mandatory referral in such a short time period. (School policy requires an office referral for the third tardy in the same class in a six weeks period.) As he was writing out the referral, Mr. Peterson told Felix he was feckless. Felix’s reply: “Well, feck you!” Of course, Mr. Peterson added that to the referral.
When you question Felix, he shrugs and says, “He started it! I don’t see why I should get in extra trouble just for repeating a word he used.”
The usual punishment for a tardiness referral is detention, though you have discretion to give a warning or give swats, depending on the student’s attitude and previous record. This is Felix’s first referral for tardiness.
What do you do with Felix?