• Car Crazy Culture Part 2: Michigan seniors suspended for biking to school

    by  • May 23, 2012 • No Digest, Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    I am glad they made it here safely. It was a safety risk,”  – School’s Principal

    mLive, WALKER, MI -– Sabrena Hall and more than 60 other Kenowa Hills High School seniors are upset that a bike ride to school this morning got them suspended on the last day of school, and banned from the traditional senior walk.

    Students say more than 100 classmates participated in a 3-mile bike ride to school that included escorts by a Walker Police cruiser and the mayor. It was supposed to be a fun twist on the types of things that typically happen on senior prank day.

    But Principal Katie Pennington was not consulted and not happy about the organized event, suspending 64 of the students for the day. There are about 300 students in Kenowa’s senior class.

    “She was very upset,” said Hall, 17. “We did not consider this a prank at all, but an opportunity to celebrate our last day at school. We were singing the school fight song (while biking).”

    But the principal was not pleased.

    “I am glad they made it here safely. It was a safety risk,” said Pennington, who said the bikers caused a major traffic problem and disrupted the school day.

    Students traveled from the Walker Fitness and Ice Center, 4151 Remembrance Road NW to the high school, at 3825 Hendershot Ave. NW.  [Full story …]  [CCC Part 1]

    One Response to Car Crazy Culture Part 2: Michigan seniors suspended for biking to school

    1. James
      May 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

      This is one of those egregiously stupid actions that is simultaneously a great opportunity – if it’s only recognized.

      The school superintendent should suspend the school principal. The principal can then take the unexpected down time to formulate a plan on how to increase the number of kids bicycling to school for the next school year. Once she has submitted her plan – and it has been approved by her superiors – the suspension can be lifted and she can return to her job.

      Everybody wins.

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