Thursday, March 24, 2016
12th grade AP US government. 1st period.
The bell rang. I finished the roll. As I passed out the day's assignment, one last girl darted in.
The rule is late students get sent to tardy sweep. And I will kick late kids out much of the time. I'm especially ruthless when the class is loud and difficult.
But these were seniors. Taking an AP class. Behavior was not an issue. Letting one tardy slide wasn't going to come back to bite me...
I finished passing out the papers and arrived at the open classroom door just as security pulled up in her little golf cart.
"Did a girl just come in here?"
The girl in question squeezed closer to the wall. She pleaded with her eyes. But it was out of my hands now. She had run afoul of school rules.
Reluctantly, she gathered her things.
Security, however, assumed she was being defiant. She threatened to take her to the office instead of just to tardy sweep. I explained that the girl was on her way. She was just packing up. But security seemed to think an office visit was warranted as they drove away.
Others in class protested the tardy sweep policy. I can see their point. But, I pointed out how corporate America frowns on tardiness.
Shortly thereafter someone got a text from the girl. Security didn't take her to the office. Instead, they went directly to tardy sweep. The students speculated that tears had probably been involved.