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The students that were arrested were between the ages of 11-15 and went to school at the Perspectives Charter Schools in Calumet, Illinois. Read more about students gone wild, and administrators gone overboard, below.
According to the reports of the food fight it sounded like this food fight started like any other food fight. Something gets thrown, some piece of food gets thrown back, someone stands up and yells “FOOD FIGHT” and then all Hell breaks loose. It’s almost a right of passage to have participated in a food fight while in school. Over two dozen students were arrested and charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.
Part of the problem is that after these students were arrested they were, according to parents, the students were held at the police station for over five hours before parents were called. There are also reports of staff members getting out of line in dealing with the students involved in the food fight. It is true that three students were claimed to have been injured, but what type of injuries is not known.
Parents are now worried that the charges will affect future job prospects and college applications. Hopefully that is not the case, and where this is a juvenile offense the charges, if they stick (no pun intended) will be expunged when the students turn 18. I do understand wanting to maintain order, and I have no problem with a suspension of the students, or even expulsion from the charter school if warranted, but did they really have to arrest these students?
It just seems to me that the administration took this way too far in responding to the food fight. Why children as young as 11 need to be cuffed and taken to a police station after a food fight is beyond me. At the very least their parents should have been immediately notified. If it is true that the children were held for over five hours before parents were called then I have a real problem with that. Have we really gotten so uptight that a food fight is grounds for arrest?
This video below explains what food fights were like before everyone decided to go completely insane and common sense in schools flew out the window.
I would love to hear what you all think. Should these Chicago Students arrested for food fighting really have been arrested in the first place? I think it’s pretty clear what my opinion of this whole issue is, but I’d love to hear what you have to say. Food fighting should not equal handcuffs and a trip to the station. A trip to the office and a possible suspension, sure, I can get on-board with that, but that’s as far as I’m willing to take that one. Hopefully the administration at Perspectives Charter School in Illinois will show some restraint and ask that criminal charges be dropped. We can hope, but I’m guessing from the initial response that it’s too much to hope for for the school to be reasonable.