A bulk of Sound turn off callers support the decision that a Brevard County primary to suspend 2 smooching fifth-graders because that a day.

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There to be 699 readers who dubbed from early Sunday come noon Monday in solution to the question, "Should fifth-graders be suspended for kissing in ~ school?" that those, 424 sustained the one-day, in-school suspension that the Atlantis Elementary school duo. There to be 275 callers who disagreed.


"Public affection is in bad taste," follow to the school handbook, which says that students first will be warned and, if a 2nd offense occurs, suspended.

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The students stated they were never warned. The primary said the students weren"t provided a 2nd chance due to the fact that they violated a second handbook taboo, "willful disobedience."


Concurring through the suspension to be Richard Witters, 56, that DeBary. "Children need to not be expelled or suspended for kissing, however they have to be suspended for breaking the rules."

The worry was a issue of black and white for many callers, such as mary Klusener, 39, the Orlando. "There shouldn"t be kissing in ~ school, no matter what the period or the grade. Kids are at school for learning, no kissing."

Robin Mallory, 28, of Kissimmee said, "I"m the mommy of a fifth-grader. I would freak out if I uncovered that anybody at his college was kissing in the hallway."

Echoing Mallory to be Kathi McGee, 36, that Casselberry. "I wouldn"t want either of my youngsters kissing in the hallway at school. Suspension may seem drastic, however the allude is, if you permit these children to obtain off (without punishment), following thing, other children will think kissing is condoned at school. I never kissed a boy till I remained in junior high or high school. I agree v the one-day suspension 110 percent."


Cathy Moghadas, 40, the Winter Springs put it this way: "I agree through the suspension. The parents need to be admonished because that going versus a school mechanism that is trying come enforce a code of behavior and ethics. The parents" behavior demonstrates the the family hasn"t taught their children to have an individual accountability for their actions."

Not everyone saw the problem that way.

Maureen Kiley, 17, of Heathrow was succinct: "Kids shouldn"t it is in kissing in school, however they shouldn"t it is in suspended for it."

Frieda DiMartino, 65, the Deltona asked, "Why must these youngsters be punished because that a very natural thing that kids do as they flourish up? it should have been report to their parents; let the parental take care of it. Let teachers and also principals pay an ext attention to educating."

Also opposing the suspension was Larry Collins, 59, the Apopka. "It should have been handled the method it was when I was farming up: The youngsters should have actually been spanked, then their parents called."

Ben Niren, 82, the Winter Springs said, "I don"t view anything wrong v a peck in the hallway. What"s next? Expel children for hold hands?"