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School punishes kids for hiccupping

School punishes kids for hiccupping

Here’s a school punishment story that’s caught our eye today and we’re wondering what your thoughts are on it. Read on to find out more.

If you’ve not already heard about it, it’s about one of the largest schools in Kent, Oasis Academy on the Isle of Sheppey, which has angered parents as children can now get in trouble for hiccupping!

The youngsters now have to carry new passport-style codes of conduct with them, and face black marks against their names, and even detention, if the awkward sound comes out from their mouths (hiccup). The new rule is among a host of new no-nos for the school which also sees kids at risk being punished for wearing a coat inside! As one furious parent, 39-year-old Gavin Shearing, whose daughter Morgana is in Year 9, told Kent Online: “The rules are ridiculous. My daughter was given two behavioural points for wearing her coat inside the building, which I don’t agree with. How is that naughty?” His feelings were echoed by mum Georgina Clayton who’s also quoted as saying: “My daughter Summer got a behavioural point because she hiccupped in class. This was put down as disruptive behaviour. Really?”

School principal John Cavadino has said the “3 Ps Passport”, which stands for prepared, polite and productive, had received “overwhelmingly positive feedback” from students, staff and parents and he was confident the new system was a positive change that would help individuals make greater progress.

The news has been circulated widely online with some people on the web saying the new rules are ridiculous. What are your thoughts on this story? Is this school’s new code of conduct too strict or an excellent way to teach discipline? We’d love to know what you have to say over on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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