by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
The story is shocking but not surprising. Sampson County Schools administrators suspended a Roseboro Salemburg Middle School student for “a doodle that showed stick figures holding guns and knives.”
The “threatening” artwork:
The silly response:
“Due to everything happening in the nation, we’re just being extra vigilant about all issues of safety,” said Sampson County Schools’ Superintendent Eric Bracy.
While Bracy wouldn’t talk about the specifics of the suspension given to Herring’s son, he said punishments for students for a variety of offenses are outlined in the student handbook.
“There are some things that list possible threats or things like that. We’ve got category one, two, three and four, which sort of grades potential incidents and the level or seriousness,” Bracy said about the punishments outlined in the handbook.