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Expert Says South Philadelphia High School Is Too Tough On Students

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An expert says South Philadelphia High School is being too tough on students who don’t wear the school uniform to class. The principal disagrees.

A survey by New York University professor Pedro Noguero says while serious incidents at South Philly High are down since the December 2009 violence, the number of students serving in-school suspensions for not wearing their school uniform remains high.

“There are too many cases where students are spending time outside of class because of a disciplinary infraction. And a relatively mild one.”
Principal Otis Hackney defends the in-school suspensions.

“The students had to understand that we were very serious about what the expectation was, and that we were consistent and followed through.’
Hackney says the survey was conducted early in the school year, and that more students are on board with the uniform policy now.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio

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  • Stephanie Patterson

    Rules are no good unless they are enforced. And young people need to learn that their actions come with consequences. Giving “lip service” to the uniform rule and then letting kids slip by only breeds irresponsiblity anda lack of respect for those in authority – and a lack of self respect.

    • sheriff

      You tell em Steph.

  • bottomline

    I’ve learned to never trust experts. After all, if you send an idiot to college all you get is an expert idiot. The other breed of experts seem to be pushing their own self serving dogma of Political Correctness. America needs more ordinary Americans.

  • grumpy

    School uniforms should be a must in ALL schools! Most of these kids look like they are going to a circus.
    To this school’s principal: Stick to your guns! If any student or their parent doesn’t like it then they can go elsewhere to get an education. Rules are rules.

  • Weezer1107

    I applaud the principal. If the students don’t want to obey the rules, show them the door. Let’s stop wasting tax payer money on those who don’t want to learn.

  • Guess Who

    Troubled HS = one full of dysfunctional burrheads?

    If they don’t wabt to learn, teach them how to flip burgers then boot them out.

  • sheriff

    Obviously the uneducated problem kids who don’t attend class will all have a great reunion in a few years when they can’t find work, too lazy, commit crimes & end up in the joint. Funny eh, if they had gone to what they thought was the “Joint” for an education, they wouldn’t have top spend the rest of their miserable lives in a real joint.

  • not normal

    It’s experts like Pedro Noguero that cause all the problems. He’s probably never taught a day of his life in a troubled high school.

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