Misbehaving Kids Won't Have to Clean Bathrooms Anymore, School Says
An elementary school in Portland, Oregon, is rethinking its discipline methods after receiving complaints from parents.
Students at Cesar Chavez K-8 School were being introduced to a new disciplinary plan that would have them complete community service-style punishment.
"I had to pick up trash once in the street and then I had to pick up towels on the floor in the bathroom," said Christian Collins, a first grader at the school.
Christine Miles, a spokesperson for Portland Public Schools, said in a statement that the goal with the new plan was to offer alternative punishments.
“We’re trying to see if the chores match the discipline,” Miles explained. “If they make a mess, they have to clean it up. If they hurt someone, they have to apologize. If they are involved in a food fight, then part of the discipline is to correct their behavior by them cleaning it up. But if they’re being instructed to instead be cleaning up the restrooms, that’s not okay.”
Mark Fuhrman weighed in on the controversy on "Outnumbered" today, agreeing with the community service-style punishment.
"I think that's exactly what kids need," Fuhrman. "You do something then you need to clean up what you did."
Harris Faulkner added that "consequences matter, and if you don't teach your children what the consequences are, they'll just railroad you."