"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
Okay, even young children need to be disciplined occasionally.
But there has to be a better way to teach little kids proper behavior than kicking them out of school for a week and a half.
Last year, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District suspended more than 1000 students in Pre-K to second grade.
Kids who are 4, 5, 6 and 7 years old.
Imagine kicking a 4-year-old out of school.
That happened 15 times last year in CMS.
We are pleased that the School Board's Policy Committee is now trying to figure out when students are too young to be suspended.
They’ll talk to other school districts that have already tackled the issue.
Some districts even did a moratorium on Pre-K to second grade suspensions.
That’s a good idea until other options are explored.
Kids need to stay in school.
Data shows students who are suspended early are more likely to get suspended again later in their school careers.
We realize that there may be some deep issues these youngsters are facing at home or in their neighborhoods.
And the grown-up problems children are forced to deal with may cause them to misbehave and get suspended.
But we’re certain our school leaders are smart enough to come up with a plan to ensure that reading, writing, and arithmetic happen in the classroom.
Removing our most vulnerable students from that learning environment is not the best solution.