Smoking, cursing and cutting class will no longer result in suspension for students in New York City. Schools in the city are softening the discipline code.
Those who defend the new policy say that students cannot learn if they are not in school.
“Our goal is to make sure the schools are providing a safe environment for our students, but also we just don’t push students out of the classroom where they’re not learning as well,” said Chancellor Dennis Walcott.
Walcott suggested that counseling may be a better option.
“Well, I’m still extremely tough when it comes to disruptive students, but our goal is also to make sure if counseling is appropriate we put counseling in place for them and not just suspend. We will do suspensions when merited,” he said.
But some disagree with the new policy, including 14-year-old Brandon Aviles, whose friends have been suspended: “It teaches them a lesson and tells them not to do it again.”