Skip to comments.Horse riding teen suspended from school
Posted on 11/01/2010 10:22:01 AM PDT by rawhide
HAMILTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - A teen's spirit week stunt has landed him in hot water.
Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Senior Dan Depaolis, dressed in medieval garb, rode a horse into the school's parking lot as part of spirit week.
What he, and his parents, thought was a good-natured stunt, the school deemed dangerous. Depaolis was suspended from school for two days.
The vice principal allegedly suspended the 17-year-old even after the boys father explained that the horse was brought in on a trailer and that no one was in danger.
The father tells FOX25 the school compared the stunt to bringing a loaded firearm to school and that he and his wife were shocked to hear about the suspension, saying that the 1100-pound horse, named Pierre, would never hurt a fly.
The school would not comment, saying that they do not talk about any aspect of a student discipline.
The family says they plan to contest the suspension.
Yes, safety is the first concern of a school system that teaches that things like sodomy, “fisting”, “gerbilling”, cacophagy, and “golden showers”, are perfectly safe as long as there’s a condom involved somewhere, perhaps on yonder banana.
I pity the fools at this school! Sue their asses!
Just to give a flavor of the town, the Myopia Hunt Club is located in Hamilton and is the only place I know of in MA where one can see polo matches.
I’m surprised the article didn’t call it an assault horse.
Idiots in Massachusetts. There was a guy there once named Paul Revere.
I think the school nazis really stepped in it this time.
Based on your list of school concerns it seems that if the horse had been wearing a condom there wouldn’t have been any issues.
Semi automatic assault ak47 shotgun rifle handgun horse?
I tend to disagree with schools most of the time. However, I wonder if they have a clear rule against bringing live animals to school. If so, he should have gotten permission.
Of course, he should have gotten permission anyway. And I’m surprised the parents didn’t think to ask the school before allowing him to take the horse there. The only reason not to ask is if you think there is something wrong with it.
But I still don’t think a 2-day suspension makes sense. Ask the kid what he was thinking, and when you find out he THOUGHT it was a good idea, give him a warning and some detention, let him clean up the parking lot or something, and be done with it.
My daughter got suspended a few weeks ago for giving the wrong answer on a hypothetical psych question about “what would you do if you could get away with it and there would be no consequences?”. Apparently the “right” answer was things like “Rob a Bank” or “hijack a snack truck” or “have sex in school”.
The “wrong” answer was “Mass Murder”. Even if you are in teh biotech specialty program and the school sent you to the FBI to learn about serial killers and you are studying to be a forensic scientist and solve mass murders.
When horses are made illegal only illegals will have horses!
What a load of uber-Liberal crap. It is good in a way. The more the Libs expose themselves like this, the more they are HATED.
More “Zero Intelligence” policies from a school. This is no longer a surprise.
It's a Sport Utility Horse.
Look. If you can't bring a horse to school, what makes you think you can bring an ass.
Condom on a horse? Whoa!!!!! Now you are really asking for it!
I think Tea Partiers need to expand their scope from office-holding politicians to the politically correct institutions that are destroying what little is left of our culture.
Stop the madness. Save your children.
Isn’t an ass a horse designed by a school committee?
If Paul Revere were to do that today, the police would arreste him, claiming he was creating a public disturbance!
Dang teenagers, always horsen around....
Must be. There seems to be a great many asses on them.
If the horse had just been GAY....
You are all missing the point. It isn’t a live animal or deadly weapon. It is the fact that he dressed in medieval garb, like a CRUSADER. He might have offended some Moslems.
You would die if you lived down south. Senior week down here is nuts.....riding a horse to school would be considered tame.
I can't believe you (you!) typed that.
Most likely, this was all about the liability.
So, on one hand, the student can have a little fun. On the other hand, some other student starts having a sneezing attack, decides they are allergic to horses, and sues the school. Terrified of lawsuits, the school district agrees to settle for $75,000, instead of going to trial, and fires the principal.
Some lawyer gets $70,000 of the settlement, and every student has to take a mandatory class in “why horses are bad.”
The words “fun” and “school” are no longer found in the same sentence, unless a lawsuit is involved. And you know who to blame.
If a school committee were asked why deer, cows and horses all eat the same thing yet produce different droppings. I bet you would find out that they don’t know sh#t.
Golly, look at the picture.
Loopy leftwing posters at the fox site are attempting to insist that it wasn’t really about the horse as the school told the young man, but about the sword - only, as we see - there was no sword.
Maybe they meant the spoon?
no, wait, there is no spoon.
No, I don't agree. The only reason to ~ask~ is if you think there might be something wrong with it. I'm pretty sure it never would have occurred to me to ask permission for something so completely harmless.
You’re supposed to ping people when you mention them...
How’s Wilbur these days? I had a boyhood crush on his wife back then!
I opened thread expecting a Tiajauna Donkey Show story. Fail.
The kid was just trying to bring the horse’s head count and the horse’s ass count a bit closer to parity, percentage wise.
He should tell them he is a recent convert to the Amish lifestyle, They would have to acquit him on the religious freedom grounds.
He still can’t beat me at chess...
I cannot resist. If they outlaw horses,
only outlaws will have horses.
You forgot ‘high-capacity’ and ‘sawed-off’.
It is high time to abolish government schools
Thought crime. Amazing.
I dunno, he looks like a fairly happy horse in the picture.
Or is that not what you meant. :-)
The horse in this story is obviously a gelding and therefor the school is discriminating against differently sexed equines. In addition, the fact that this young lad by using alternative transportation was lowering his carbon footprint.
My dad rode a horse to school every day after he milked the cows and delivered the milk. But that was west Texas in the 40’s.
No such thing as an unloaded horse.
Government schools are a fascist gulag. The real question is why so-called conservatives incarcerate their children so that they can be indoctrinated by the lunatic left and rendered the academic equivalent of hewers of wood and drawers of water (yes, even in those really speciaql suburban dists. Actually, those district probably do the most harm)
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.