Monday, March 3, 2008

Students Punished After Paying for Lunch with 6,000 Pennies

29 eighth-graders at Readington Middle School in New Jersey are facing detention after protesting their short lunch period by paying for their lunches with nearly 6,000 pennies last week.

"At first it started out as a joke, then everyone else started saying we're protesting against like how short our lunch is," student Alyssa Concannon said. Eighth grader Jenny Hunt said in hindsight, the prank may have been a bad idea. "Maybe we should have thought before we did it," she said.

Personally, I think they key is that the students never brought up their grievance before they pulled the prank, according to Readington Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorden Schiff. He indicated that if they had, the school would have worked with them.

"There are opportunities and avenues to raise concern," Schiff said. "There are ways to express yourself that are not disruptive to other kids and disrespectful to staff."

The eighth graders earned two days detention, and continued protesting Friday by brown-bagging it, but also gave the lunch ladies cards apologizing.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

the penny is legal tender.. the school's crazy for punishing

Daniel said...

I think the world is getting a little to quick to bite the hand that feeds them. In this case the school I would guess is lying by saying if they would have asked we would work out something,, yeah right and there has never been a student sent to detention for a poor reason. Kids don't believe them stand your ground and pay the way you perfer.

Anonymous said...

THIS REALLY PISSES ME OFF BECAUSE THE PENNY IS LEGAL TENDER AND THERE ARE SO MAY BUISNESS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT REFUSE TO ACCEPT PENNYS, I AM WITH THESE KIDS EVEN IF THEY WERE PROSTESTING, THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS LIE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, THERE SHOULD BE NO DETENTION FOR THESE KIDS. KUDOS TO YOU ALL ALWAYS STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS.

Anonymous said...

Legal tender, offered in payment for a debt, MUST be accepted, by law, or the debt is not owed. That is FACT.

Your landlord piss ya off sometime, pay your rent in pennies. Legally, he cannot even make YOU count them or anything.

James said...

Good for them !

they should be commended.
in this day and age when the smallest
thing sets off violent outbursts
they took the time honored tradition
of defiance through protest in a creative manner.

Good for you kids !