A friend of mine is an educator at a high school in Southern California. He texted me a message on Monday that excitedly let me know that 1,300 students at his school walked out to protest stiffer laws against illegal immigrants.
Many school administrators are tacitly giving approval for these walk-outs, failing to suspend or punish these students in any way despite the fact that they are violating school policy and the law. In an effort to protest proposed law changes that, at the ages of 15 and 16, most of them don't fully understand, they are abandoning their education. And school teachers and principals are quietly applauding them.
When I suggested to my friend that every one of those kids be suspended, he wrote: "I work at a school, not a prison." The sad thing is that if these kids were skipping school to protest something the administration didn't support, they'd be suspended in a heartbeat.
As misguided as they may be, the kids can do what they want. But, the educators should teach the kids a valuable lesson: that every action has a consequence. Babying them by not suspended them just makes them weaker.