ACS stops disciplinary action after photo goes viral

Published: Sep. 14, 2018 at 6:05 PM CDT
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"It looks like they're in jail," Raymond Goldstein said.

"I think it's great," H. A. Pruitt said. "They're helping clean up their surroundings or where they're going to school."

They're talking about a photo of Ardmore Middle School students wearing orange shirts, cleaning a window.

So far the photo has been shared over four hundred times, starting a conversation about whether the punishment is too harsh.

"They're not criminals and they shouldn't be treated like criminals," Goldstein said. "They shouldn't have in their heads, their little brains, thinking that's the way they were treated."

While others says they don't see a problem.

"They can carry it over (to) home you know, wash the windows when they get home too or sweep, listen to their parents," Pruitt said.

Superintendent Kim Holland says he learned about the disciplinary action Thursday afternoon after a parent called about the photo and Holland says he put a stop to it.

"We just didn't feel like it represented our kids well or our school," Holland said. "It's just something we wanted to stop immediately."

Holland says he doesn't know yet which staff member created the practice but he says no one will be punished for it.

"We have a general procedure that if you're going to implement a new program the administration over here would like to know about it, that wasn't done," Holland said. "I think the administration there has learned the lesson - at least run it by us before you do it so we can either support it or say let's not do that, that doesn't represent Ardmore City Schools."

The shirts were donated to the Middle School and he says they've since been removed from school grounds.

Holland says kids serving in-school detention will continue to do so in a classroom setting.

"I think if they put them in a classroom and help them out with their studies that day, I think that would probably be better than having them wear orange shirts and scrub windows," Goldstein says.

"Time will tell, that way they won't feel like their entitled - where they should be waited on- they need to kick in and help everyone else with the community too," Pruitt said.