When a school-sponsored Spring Break trip for the choir turns in to expulsion, you know something has gone wrong. But yet, reading the article, one finds out that it was not the students who did anything wrong.
Two students attending Eagan and Apple Valley high schools were expelled last week after buying souvenir swords during a spring break choir trip in the United Kingdom.
A chaperone found the duct-taped boxes that held the swords after the students left the store. The swords were confiscated on the trip and never made it to Minnesota. The students flew home several days early, and the district disciplined the students when they returned.
Charlie Kyte, executive director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, went through a similar situation when he was superintendent in Northfield, Minn.
"Schools are in a real Catch-22," he said.
A popular student once brought a toy gun to the high school, and Kyte had to expel him.
"Had I let him off the hook, the signal would've gone to students that we didn't care about the policy," Kyte said.
A fourth-grader from an Asian immigrant family once brought a big knife, without his parents knowing, for a show-and-tell activity at school because the knife was important in the family, Kyte said.