Skip to comments.Banana Man Wins: High School Principal Gone
Posted on 09/28/2011 12:16:01 PM PDT by Lmo56
The high school principal who pushed to suspend a 14-year-old autistic boy for running onto the field during halftime of a football game while wearing a banana man costume has resigned.
Karen Spillman lasted less than two months at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, Va. The superintendent wouldn't say why Spillman is officially out.
Bryan Thompson became an Internet folk hero after he ended up in handcuffs in the back of a police car following his Sept. 16 stunt
(Excerpt) Read more at thepostgame.com ...
The principal ultimately made a good decision.
If he disrupted the players during ongoing play I’d agree with suspending him, but he didn’t
THe HS principal in Morgan Hill, California told students on July 4th that wearing shirts that featured the Stars & Stripes was offensive and SENT THEM HOME TO CHANGE...!
(the school is mostly Hispanic)
And he still works there, with no problem.
Its high school - dammit. Kids will play pranks. Did he deserve to be suspended? Yes - maybe 3 days max. Did he deserve to be handcuffed? NO!!!
I did not know the young man was autistic. I saw him do an interview on TV news and he is obviously also very intelligent - and he’s got a subtle yet sarcasic sense of humor, too.
I was very impressed with his interview.
It was not just the severity of the suspension, but she told students who wore yellow “banana man” tee shirts to remove them. She also started banning yellow shirts.
She is a typical pseudo educated “educrat.” She knows full well she is ignorant so she rules with an iron fist to prove, mostly to herself, how smart and relevant she is.
Spell check is my fiend...
...I mean, friend.
Hmmm - Maybe he isn’t Autistic, but rather has Asbergers Syndrome. Asbergers is now considered a form of autism - and most folks who have it are extremely bright. They might have social skills problems, and don’t deal with change well. They will typically focus in on one area of study and become expert at it.
I can’t watch the video from my work machine, but that’s certainly a possibility based on how this has been described. I have 1 child with autism and 2 with Asperger syndrome, and you’ve given a pretty good description of my Aspies.
Probably Asperger's Syndrome, on the high-function end of the Autism Spectrum.
Disclaimer: my oldest child is diagnosed as an Asperger's child, and I find more clues of it on myself.
Seeing that I work with many children with this disorder, I figured correct spelling of the disorder is important ;-). It is also possible the child in this incident has what is known as High Functioning Autism, or even PDD-NOS, if the child is actually on the Autism Spectrum at all.
“Its high school - dammit. Kids will play pranks. Did he deserve to be suspended? Yes - maybe 3 days max. Did he deserve to be handcuffed? NO!!! “
I probably would not have even suspended him. Think about it. If this was his first offense then just make him stay after school and write “I will not interrupt a football game again” 500 times on the black board. No need to go overboard with suspending a kid and keeping him from the classroom.
Back in 2001 this ‘Principle’ invited a reporter into her office for an interview. At some point the reporter asked a question that the ‘Principle’ did not like, so she called the police and had the reporter arrested for trespassing.
This ‘Principle’ is a real piece of work and it is no surprise that she went overboard in this case also.
Remember, those that can, do; those that can’t, teach; and those that can’t do either, administer.
When I said that, “The principal ultimately made a good decision.”, I was referring to her resignation.
Unless I’ve missed something here, the Pricipal isn’t the one who placed the child in handcuffs. Question: Would any other student have also thus been treated this way? If so, then, what’s the problem?
No. She had the cops who were supervising the game do that ...
No problem, I can see how that was a little cryptic. (-;
If the student has a diagnosed disorder (especially if that disorder is on the Autism spectrum), and is thus on an IEP, then making him write on the board 500 times would likely not be an option. Suspension would likely be the only option available to school staff. There is much that goes on within public education that adminstrators and teachers have zero control over, and of which the general public is unaware of it going on.
My physics class completely dis-assembled the teacher's car in the parking lot of the school when he had to leave it overnight since it wouldn't start - and we re-assembled it in his classroom [all in one night].
That prank is STILL being talked about 34 years later ...
BTW: The principal KNEW that we did it - but couldn't prove it. He called us ALL into his office, yelled at the top of his lungs for a minute [for the benefit of his secretary], then quietly told us it was the BEST prank he had ever seen. He then burst out laughing for about three minutes ...
'Course he made us "volunteer" to dis-assemble/re-assemble it in the parking lot. Along the way, we figured out that the points were shot, so we bought a new unit and if fired right up with one turn of the key ...
And, how many years ago did this event take place?
37 years ago ...
I’d like to see students try that with the vehicles of today ;-)
Why was he running? Was he being chased by a gorilla?