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BlinkN*boys182
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Today in school i was sitting in Science class and my friend spilt her water on my new skirt i stood up in surprise and said -in my normal voice- "Jeasus Christ, Tara, nice job!" we started laughing, i wasnt too mad that she did that but then the teacher yelled at me to go to the Deans office for inaporeate language! now i go to a semi private school, its not a religous one, just some towns have to apply to get in. so i when to the deans office and told him exactly what happend with no exaggeration. I found absolutly nothing wroung with saying that in school-freedom of speech right??- WRONG! he said since the magority of the school is Chirstain i would have to repsect there belifs, ok i have no problem with this but when i complian b/c a couple of guys have been harassing my friend -who btw is Wican- calling her a witch, he does nothing but give them a slap on the hand. so long story made sorta short i got stuck with an hour dention! this whole situation gets me so POed. should i have a reason to be upset? or was i in the worng the whole time??
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Personally, I think your teacher (and dean) overreacted, but it also depends on laws and restrictions of your school. If you go to a religious school, I can understand what they're saying. But if it's just a regular school, I think an hour detention is ridiculous. That teacher could've just asked that you not use that phrase in his/her class.

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Yes, that does indeed suck. But sadly, this is the world we live in. *le sigh* I know I sound bitter, but I've fought these kind of battles too many times. I think we've talked about double standards a number of times on these boards, and you came across one. I really do empathize, trust me, and I wish I could say something to make you feel vindicated, but there really is nothing you can do.

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Yes, you have a perfectly good reason to be upset. You're not alone in getting treated unfairly by the adminstration of a school, though. I've had to deal with it a number of times. Something about the profession seems to attract the kind of people who really shouldn't be in a leadership position, and who make decisions that are ridiculous and unfair.
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Find out exactly what your school's rules are--you may be able to do something about this like taking it to the superintendent or board of trustees or whoever is more important than the principal.
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If it is any consolation, I once received an hour of detention for saying the same thing in the middle of a Biology class.

While the rest of the class was watching a movie, my flunky friends and I were screwing around in the rear of the classroom behind some lab tables. One of my friends was amusing himself by fiddling with a Bunsen Burner, while I was catching up on sleep. Well, as I snoozed, this dummy pointed the Burner at me and turned the gas on to the burner...and then ignited it. I awoke to feel an explosion of heat and light on my face, and found that my friend Skip had was attempting to torch me. In my panic, all I could think of to say in return was "Jesus Christ, you psycho!" My teacher was not amused, and sent us both to the office...Skip got 4 hours for playing with fire, and I got one hour for vulgarity. (Which was promptly raised to 2 hours when I told the Assistant Principal where he could stick that punishment)

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And you're now a guardian of law and order? Eeek!

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and that miscreant still got into UCLA.


heehee.

em


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My cousin told me that her latin teacher assigns detentions for saying "Oh my God" and "Stupid." And of course my first thought when she told me that was, "Oh my God, that's so stupid." lol

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You've probably already served your detention but just as a matter of record, you could write a letter of protest to the school board or the principal concerning the double standard imposed in the school. Also getting your parents to write a letter might also help. WHile it won't change your situation it might make it fairer in the future.
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I am amazed by this.

I go to a public school, in a relatively small town, and Jesus Christ is a perfectly normal and acceptable thing to say. It's not even considered vulgarity. Nothing really is :-p. Teachers swear, students swear, everyone does. Commonplace.

I like the last idea-write a letter. And, why not document the next time your friend is harrased for her beliefs, and instead of going through your principal, go to the superintendent. Give them their just desserts.

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never had a detention in my entire life. over time, i developed a nasty reputation for being a model student and a brainiac.

so by the time i got to high school, i could do no wrong. and i got away with everything. i'm such a brat. and i had a potty-mouth and wasn't afraid to use it. not that any of my teachers cared. i did my job, and i did it well. who cared if I blurted out [insert random expletives here]?

but i have come to find that vulgarity is the lexicon of the ignorant, to so i use it in more controlled doses now.

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Lynne,

You're totally right about school administrators.

A favored author of mine, Douglas Adams, has this awesome quote. I can't remember it exactly, but it went along the lines of "The truth is, anyone who would want to be a ruler of anything really isn't suited for the job. All presidents and overlords are completely insane. The only ones who could possibly do a good job don't want the job at all."

I think this can be applied to many, many real life situations.

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Well, I see how Jesus christ could be a swear word to some people, but I think your dean was pretty harsh. Even if it is the school rules, it seems like they should have given you a warning or something. You didn't know you could get in trouble for saying that anyway, by the way it sounds. I know people who have been given less for cheating on homework or harassing other students, but sometimes that's just how things work. You could bring it to the attention of the school board or the dean and try to tell them that the punishment seems a little severe for something like that. Maybe they could change their policy about it.

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