This is a problem?

On Drudge this morning:  Bronx students forced to clean toilets as a punishment.

“After school the principal came in with the inspector lady and she was like ‘Oh, everyone has to pitch in and clean the toilets and stuff.’ So we was cleaning them and we had to clean around them and nasty, it was just mad nasty,” said one student.

“Like that’s not cool, like making kids clean toilets like that’s not how that should go,” said another student.

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 (The video in the link shows that the lack of commas in the sentence above is totally appropriate.  What would really impress me is if this school devised some way to scrub all the “likes” out of that one kid’s vocabulary.)

The DOE says if the allegations are true, appropriate action will be taken.

Eh?  As long as the kids were given rubber gloves, why is this a problem?  I bet they quit doing whatever they did to earn toilet duty.   Also, it makes kids take ownership of their school (or bedroom, or house) if they’re expected to care for it it from time to time; and it alerts them to the fact that some adult actually does have to clean up their “mad nasty” toilets — something that probably never dawned on them. 

This punishment was imposed once at my kid’s private school, and the parents were all for it.  What do you think?




  • Simcha Fisher

    Simcha Fisher is a cradle Hebrew Catholic, freelance writer, and mother of eight young kids. She received her BA in literature from Thomas More College in New Hampshire. She contributes to Crisis Magazine and Faith & Family Live!, and blogs at I Have to Sit Down. She is sort of writing a book.

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