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Professor Locs, aka Charles Easley, is an educator who explores race, class, gender, sexuality, media and popular culture with humor and insight. His column is published here each Wednesday. Opinions expressed are solely his own. Click here to read his blog.

Teachers have much on their plates trying to negotiate a classroom full of personalities, lesson plans and overall politics, so a disruptive student can really impact the educational environment. This seemed to be the case for one mother’s son at the Barack Obama Elementary School in Normandy, Mo.

Apparently, this child was no ordinary class clown; he was so disruptive, according to school officials, that his mother was ordered to attend classes alongside her fourth-grader.

Now what kind of Bebe’s kids, Damien-Omen, devil spawn have you raised when your child cannot attend school without your presence? Can one child be that off the chain?

My mother was a no-nonsense, single mom who was not having any drama from her kids at school. Every year she had a special conference with our new teachers. She would inform them that any disruptive behavior should be met with swift disciplinary action and that she would then continue that lesson at home. This is code for not only did the teacher have permission to whoop our butts but that we could expect another round when we got home.

I remember one incident where I was hanging with the wrong crowd, or maybe I had overdosed on some Flintstone’s chewable vitamins, but something made me temporarily forget who I was dealing with and get in trouble at school. I remember my Mom had to take off from work and meet the teacher. I swear the look on her face when she walked into the classroom was petrifying. I thought about ending it all right there by yelling “Yo Momma” to the click of classroom bullies and throwing myself into their angry mitts.

All I can say is that the next morning, when I regained consciousness, I returned to school, and although my motor skills had been temporarily diminished, I was able to communicate a heartfelt apology to my teacher by blinking twice for yes…lol.

But I digress; back to our present-day hooligan.

The boy’s mother, Veronica Williams, tried to comply with the school’s demand, but after a few weeks she had to stop because she was afraid she would lose her job. The school officials are playing hardball; they suspended her son and stood firm that he could not return without a parent or authorized adult.

Williams says she does not have a problem with her son at home.

“It’s frustrating. It’s stressful. It’s ridiculous,” she said during an interview with The Inquisitr. “I done it for two weeks. They told me for the simple fact if an adult don’t come sit with him he cannot come to school. I was willing to do anything with the school. Whatever type of help they were trying to give and I’m still trying to do it, but as far as someone having to sit in school with him is ridiculous. I would like for my son to be in school.”

There are a couple of things that are wrong with this picture. The mother says her son does not act out at home, although the old-school definition of home training is that you act like you have some sense when you are away from home because you take the same sensibilities with you.

The other issue is that expecting a working parent to attend school every day seems a bit unreasonable. If the child is that crazy then maybe he should be home schooled or placed in a special program.

Again my filters are different. I still have occasional ringing in my ears from the time my mother came to the school for one day. If they told her she would have to attend every day because I was out of control, I think I would have had to go into protective custody…lol.

Is this a case of poor parenting, an over zealous administration or some uncomfortable place in between?
 



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