I have just been reading the story, on Sky News, about the school where a little boy was made to wear a Hi-Viz vest because of his behaviour. By all accounts, his father has now removed him from the school on the grounds that his son was being humiliated. During the interview (clip below) the child states that he had to wear the vest for 3 weeks and the school are saying that the child only wore it for 2 days.
Now I don’t know about you, but someone is lying, either the child or the school. And as a parent surely you could find out from the kids in your child’s class how many times your child had to wear the jacket. And if your child is found to be lying and exaggerating how long the vest was worn, can you believe him when he says that he wasn’t misbehaving?
Now years ago, when I was at School, if you were naughty you sat on your own in the class or you did your lessons in the deputy heads office, if you continued being a disruptive influence during lessons. If you did not respect the teacher, my god you knew it.. but the question I ask,did it do any of us any harm? Absolutely not.
Now teachers, are trying to discipline kids from unruly behaviour with their hands tied behind their backs.
The father of the offending child, has removed his son from the school and has stated the following should the school keep this form of punishment:
“If they decide to keep that I will seek legal action. I will certainly not see my child humiliated like that. Or any of the other children.”
Sue Hoyland the head teacher says it is a trial initiative and so far has been very successful, she goes on to say the following about the claims that this father makes about his son having to wear the Hi-Viz vest:
“It’s not about stigmatising children it’s about tracking improved behaviour with them and allowing them to enjoy their achievements and their successes,” she said.
“It’s used only for a short time, it’s monitored regularly by the head teacher who takes every opportunity to praise and encourage the children who have made improvements.”
Now I don’t know about you, but one of the questions I would be asking is this, what did my son do to warrant the school making him wear the jacket? Wouldn’t you be asking the same question? And if it is found, like I suspect it was, that the child was being naughty, then instead of removing the child from school, perhaps it might be a good idea to tell your child to behave in future and that way he won’t be forced to wearing a Hi-Viz vest.
You know it is simple really, tell your kids to behave and tell them, whatever punishment that the school enforces if they are being naughty is fine by you and, that you will be supporting the school and the decisions they make about your punishment.