Let me start out by saying, I’ve never been suspended from school, and I attended Milwaukee Public Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Was I an angel?
No, but I was lucky enough to have teachers and school leaders who reined me in if I got out of control.
Oh, and I can’t forget my mother’s threat:
“Don’t make me come up to your school and embarrass you in front of your friends, because you know I’ll do it.”
As my mother prepared to leave for work every morning, she would always say to me before I locked the door behind her, “Be good in school, and remember I love you.”
That message kept me out of fights, arguments and trouble – most of the time, anyway.
When I attended school 25 years ago, a suspension was a big deal. Today, a suspension is nothing more than a vacation for kids and an inconvenience to working parents.