Lodato, Ray (MC1984) posted
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I hope no one takes this the wrong way, and I apologize in advance if this is too Catholic for some people, but
I don’t think the students from Covington Catholic High School should be expelled.
Hear me out. Yes, if they are expelled, the school will be rid of them and say that their behavior is unacceptable by the standards of the school.
But that’s it. They’ll go to another school, and be racists there.
When I was coming up (in Catholic schools (K through college), this kind of behavior, which violates decades of Catholic social teaching and embarrasses the institution they attend, would have been dealt with harshly. The students would have had a punishment that forced them to confront their behavior and all that was wrong with it. Make them do a service project, under adult supervision, with people who don’t look like them. Have a speaker, from a Native nation, an immigrant community, or the local African-American community, come to tell them how racism has impacted their lives and those of their ancestors. Make it so that they have to think about what they did, why it was wrong, and how they can atone for it and provide an example to kids coming up behind them to never engage in this kind of behavior.
My point is, there are ways to confront this that are superior to the school washing its hands of these kids, that makes them practice a little humility rather than the smug hostility they showed to Mr, Phillips. It’s not “give them a chance” so much as “make them confront why what they did is wrong, and cause them to change their behavior permanently.” And include their parents, too.
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[JR: What no beatings? Whenever I screwed up, or any of my peers, there was ALWAYS physical abuse.]
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