Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Kenowa Hills Seniors Suspended After School Calls Bike Ride a Prank
mlive.com ^ | 5/22/2012 | Monica Scott

Posted on 05/22/2012 1:49:40 PM PDT by Rudolphus

WALKER, MI – Sabrena Hall and more than 60 other Kenowa Hills High School seniors are upset that a bike ride to school this morning got them suspended on the last day of school, and banned from the traditional senior walk. Students say more than 100 classmates participated in a 3-mile bike ride to school that included escorts by a Walker Police cruiser and the mayor. It was supposed to be a fun twist on the types of things that typically happen on senior prank day

(Excerpt) Read more at mlive.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: abuse; kenowahills; michigan; power; schools
Another example of school authorities failing to use common sense. The schools need to be reminded that they answer to us not the other way around.
1 posted on 05/22/2012 1:49:49 PM PDT by Rudolphus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Rudolphus

Principal apparently forgot to take her meds this morning. Do we have any contact or email info for her? Hope this is picked up by Rush and FOX.


2 posted on 05/22/2012 1:58:14 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rudolphus

100 rode, but only 60 were suspended. What special about the missing 40?


3 posted on 05/22/2012 2:02:15 PM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: razorback-bert
But Principal Katie Pennington was not consulted ....

Her feewings was hurt, awwwww............

4 posted on 05/22/2012 2:14:51 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Rudolphus

Having read the entire article the only conclusion I have is that the Principal is ticked off because the police and the mayor were notified of the bike ride but she wasn’t notified by the students and took revenge in the only way left to her: Suspension. The question to me is will these seniors also be denied their graduation and commencement because the are on “suspension”.

If that happens I believe that it would be incumbent on the School board to locate a new Principal with some common sense still remaining in her brain.


5 posted on 05/22/2012 2:17:31 PM PDT by The Working Man
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Springman; sergeantdave; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; ...
Senior class stunts are a time honored tradition. In my school they usually involved farm animals running loose down the halls or better yet, dirt bikes.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
6 posted on 05/22/2012 2:18:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek; Perdogg; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks cripplecreek. That school (for those who dunno) is a very nice one, and totally rural. And I grew up near enough to know this, in a different mostly-rural school district. Sounds like the principal needs the timeout here.


7 posted on 05/22/2012 2:26:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Rudolphus

This was an event that happened off campus and before the school day started. They got to school; it is none of the school’s business how they got there. This is another example of creeping totalitarianism by government officials.


8 posted on 05/22/2012 2:34:01 PM PDT by Petrosius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rudolphus

??

I must be missing something... whats wrong with riding bikes to school?


9 posted on 05/22/2012 2:40:11 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

My uncle told me that the class of 1970 stacked bales of hay all around the front of the school so no one could get in that way on Monday morning.

Those who did it had to clear a path in the morning and then haul the hay back to the farms it came from and restack it in the barns. No one was suspended.


10 posted on 05/22/2012 2:40:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Rudolphus

Also, here:
http://www.wzzm13.com/news/article/212805/2/65-Grand-Rapids-area-students-suspended-for-riding-bikes-to-school

Tried to do tinyurl, but it kept disappearing on me.
BTW, the Mayor disagreed with the Principal.


11 posted on 05/22/2012 2:41:07 PM PDT by sockmonkey
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rudolphus

Home School
Private Christian School
Don’t know why people are willing to hand their children over to the Government to be “educated”


12 posted on 05/22/2012 2:41:26 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: razorback-bert
100 rode, but only 60 were suspended. What special about the missing 40?

Teachers' kids, the mayor's kids, the school boards' kids, city council members' kids, etc. That's how most of these things are handled.

If this is what Ms. Principal gets her panties in a wad over, this should have been her final day as well.

13 posted on 05/22/2012 2:53:07 PM PDT by bgill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Or motorcycles, cough.


14 posted on 05/22/2012 2:55:25 PM PDT by bgill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: sockmonkey
BTW, the Mayor disagreed with the Principal.

If I were the Mayor I would say the following:

"Today, on the senior prank day, the Principal Katie Pennington chose a truly unique and unforgettable way to announce her resignation."

15 posted on 05/22/2012 3:18:42 PM PDT by Greysard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Let’s see: My brother filled the entire office and hall with Dixie cups stapled together and filled with water. He also covered the flag pole with tires.

My class put a hot-air balloon and limos in the quad.

We probably should have been shot.


16 posted on 05/22/2012 3:59:50 PM PDT by Politicalmom (THIS IS NOT A GOP CHEERLEADING SITE!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Greysard

All right, they’ve got the torches and pitchforks..oh, make that bikes and pitchforks out. Go Students! Go Parents!

Update from 6 P.M. (WZZM) — Kenowa Hills seniors and parents, upset over the trouble the students got into by riding bikes to their final day of classes, have prompted the district’s school board to move its scheduled work session to a larger building to accomodate the protesters.

The crowd — many of them on bikes, as suggested by local radio station 105.3 Hot FM — showed up at Kenowa Hills High School around 5 p.m. Tuesday. One of the station’s deejays planned to present the high school principal with a “gift,” following her suspending seniors who rode bikes to school for their last day.

The school board was to meet at 5:30 p.m. at the district’s administration building, near the high school. The protesters rode their bikes and drove to the meeting.

The school board is now moving its meeting to a nearby middle school. The meeting is expected to restart at 6:30 p.m.


17 posted on 05/22/2012 4:01:56 PM PDT by sockmonkey
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Rudolphus

Good thing that she’s worked so hard to get all the other problems in the school corrected so she has time to go after those rebellious bikers.

Why, they...rode bikes. The nerve!

If I were a parent, I’d be raising a stink with the school board and demand the suspension be expunged from my kid’s permanent record.

If the kids never got on a school bus, they were outside the “jurisdiction” of the school until they crossed onto school property. If there was no rule in place against riding bikes to school, the principal has no case.

Yep. She needs to feel the heat.


18 posted on 05/22/2012 4:04:36 PM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rudolphus

Oh, and by the way...

kpennington@khps.org


19 posted on 05/22/2012 4:08:46 PM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rudolphus

Oh, and by the way again: Superintendent Gerald Hopkin’s email:

ghopkins@khps.org


20 posted on 05/22/2012 4:12:30 PM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rudolphus
“Students say more than 100 classmates participated in a 3-mile bike ride to school that included escorts by a Walker Police cruiser and the mayor.”

Wow that's a really destructive thing to do; maybe the death penalty would be fitting punishment.
I can't think of anything more destructive than a 3 mile bike ride.
What's next; a nuclear weapon? Good thing the school nannies are keeping things safe.

21 posted on 05/22/2012 4:23:06 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (We are the 53%. 47% of Americans pay no taxes; end the free ride...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SECURE AMERICA

“Home School
Private Christian School
Don’t know why people are willing to hand their children over to the Government to be “educated””

Repeat always! To heck with the government schools.


22 posted on 05/22/2012 4:28:42 PM PDT by iowamark
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Rudolphus

http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/kent_county/Kenowa-Hills-bike-ride

Video of Katie Pennington addressing the students who rode. At one point, she says,

“Call and get your butts home. You’re not participating in Senior Walk today.”

Real professional.


23 posted on 05/22/2012 4:34:49 PM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rudolphus

My God... they BIKED to school instead of DRIVING!!


24 posted on 05/22/2012 4:52:43 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FLAMING DEATH
I think there's a key statement in the video, where the principal talked about the student ride causing a 2 mile backup causing students and staff to be late.

How much you want to bet her temper tantrum came from being stuck driving 5mph in that 2 mile backup?

25 posted on 05/22/2012 5:07:06 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: PapaBear3625

Yeah, um - we detoured traffic off of the local highway into the garbage dump. Which had no exit, except the detour we set up.

When the traffic stopped, we ran like heck.


26 posted on 05/22/2012 5:16:45 PM PDT by patton (DateDiff)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv
I went to a GR city high school and we had our Senior Skip Day at Grand Haven on the last day of school. And after 40 yrs., I STILL won't touch tequila!

All in all, this little "prank" at Kenowa Hills sounds pretty tame to me.

27 posted on 05/22/2012 6:40:40 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: FrdmLvr

I don’t know, it could lead to worse things, like Tebowing. ;’)


28 posted on 05/22/2012 8:10:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Rudolphus

Yet I am supposed to trust government mush brains with my personal health care and food comsumption.


29 posted on 05/24/2012 7:24:43 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson