A majority of Sound off callers assistance the decision of a Brevard County principal to suspend two smooching fifth-graders because that a day.

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There to be 699 reader who referred to as from at an early stage Sunday to noon Monday in an answer to the question, "Should fifth-graders it is in suspended because that kissing at school?" that those, 424 sustained the one-day, in-school suspension that the Atlantis Elementary school duo. There were 275 callers who disagreed.


"Public affection is in negative taste," follow to the college handbook, which states that students first will be warned and, if a 2nd offense occurs, suspended.

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The students said they were never ever warned. The primary said the college student weren"t provided a 2nd chance because they violated a 2nd handbook taboo, "willful disobedience."


Concurring through the suspension was Richard Witters, 56, the DeBary. "Children have to not be expelled or suspended because that kissing, yet they must be suspended because that breaking the rules."

The concern was a issue of black and white for plenty of callers, such as mar Klusener, 39, the Orlando. "There shouldn"t be kissing at school, no issue what the period or the grade. Children are at institution for learning, not kissing."

Robin Mallory, 28, the Kissimmee said, "I"m the mom of a fifth-grader. I would freak the end if I uncovered that anybody at his institution was kissing in the hallway."

Echoing Mallory was Kathi McGee, 36, of Casselberry. "I wouldn"t want either the my kids kissing in the hallway at school. Suspension may seem drastic, but the allude is, if you enable these children to acquire off (without punishment), following thing, other children will think kissing is condoned in ~ school. I never kissed a boy until I remained in junior high or high school. Ns agree v the one-day suspension 110 percent."


Cathy Moghadas, 40, the Winter Springs placed it this way: "I agree v the suspension. The parents have to be admonished for going against a school system that is trying come enforce a code of behavior and also ethics. The parents" behavior demonstrates that the family members hasn"t teach their youngsters to have an individual accountability for their actions."

Not everyone witnessed the problem that way.

Maureen Kiley, 17, of Heathrow to be succinct: "Kids shouldn"t be kissing in school, however they shouldn"t be suspended because that it."

Frieda DiMartino, 65, that Deltona asked, "Why should these youngsters be punished because that a very natural point that kids do as they thrive up? the should have been reported to their parents; permit the parents take treatment of it. Permit teachers and also principals pay much more attention to educating."

Also opposing the suspension to be Larry Collins, 59, of Apopka. "It should have actually been handled the means it was as soon as I was cultivation up: The children should have been spanked, then your parents called."

Ben Niren, 82, the Winter Springs said, "I don"t watch anything wrong v a peck in the hallway. What"s next? Expel youngsters for stop hands?"