Griffiths is an awesome school. Staff members always try to improve something, especially when it comes to students’ attitude and actions. Teachers and staff are all great, but some seem to overreact when giving out consequences. This creates new thoughts in students’ heads about teachers and staff, but they are only doing their job and what is best for us.
Mr. Wharton, the dean, is considered to overreact with these consequences. On his side of the story, he wants to make the school better like the rest of the staff. When a bad action is done, he handles it by a case by case basis. If it were to be an accident, then it would not be that serious, but he knows when the situation is an accident or when it was done on purpose. He tries not to overreact, but tries to make every situation neutral. The main goal, according to him, is for students to be careful with each other and become more responsible.
Ms. Lee is someone else who is considered to overreact by the big consequences she gives to students that caused a very small action. On her side of the story, she addresses the student individually, pulls them aside for a talk, and hopefully fixes the situation. She feels like she does not overreact, however; she thinks the consequences are pretty fair. She wants her students to learn and grow from their mistakes. “It’s not like it’s the end of the world, so students have time to correct their wrong doings and become a better individual.”
Many teachers may handle consequences differently, that is why a two more teachers were interviewed on this topic. First of all is Ms. Chatmon, Yearbook/Journalism/English teacher. She handles bad actions by first giving out some sort of consequence depending on what the situation is then tries to find out if there are anymore problems with that student. Secondly Mr. Mc Dermott, is a very good math teacher. He may be strict sometimes, but has a sense of humor. To handle bad actions, he first ignores the student(s), if it continues it’s a lunch exclusion then a referral if it worsens. Most of the time he handles it by a case by case basis.
Students also have their opinions on these consequences. Some feel that these can go overboard, which annoys them. Some accept it because they know what they did wrong and what they deserve. Most may think this is not necessary, but are all still young. Adults know what is best from experience making these consequences very necessary. Most can see that teachers and staff want us to grow up into better individuals than we are now.