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Old 01-23-2013, 07:34 AM
 
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Overreact much?

The principal in the referenced story was just pissed off that the kids skipped school for a few hours. No doubt her reaction would have been the same had they arranged a celebratory car caravan, touch football game, or Scrabble tournament that morning; she just would have needed a different excuse.

All this blathering about stigma and criminals is just irrational paranoia.
If anyone overreacted it was the principal.

We do live in an auto-centric culture where our streets have become very friendly places for cars are extremely hostile places for pedestrians. For too long we let traffic engineers design our cities. Traffic engineers may know how to make traffic flow, but they don't know how to build great cities. On most sprawlburb arteries if you saw a half-way decently dressed person actually walking you'd pull over and ask if they needed help.

It's not surprising to me in the least that kids don't walk to school in today's sprawlburbs. They're horrible places to walk. At least in decades passed, kids were walking on streets built for pedestrians.

It's insanity and it needs to stop.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:36 AM
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The principal in the referenced story was just pissed off that the kids skipped school for a few hours. No doubt her reaction would have been the same had they arranged a celebratory car caravan, touch football game, or Scrabble tournament that morning; she just would have needed a different excuse.
where are you getting that? The article says nothing about students skipping school. Here's a quote from the article:

Pennington said the bike ride put the students in danger, tied up traffic and caused school staffers to be late for work.

Sounds like the principal considered bike riding dangerous and a traffic hazard. From another article:

ĒThatís it. The short and sweet: Call and get your butts home. Youíre not participating in senior walk today. If you and your parents donít have sense enough to know your brains could end up splattered on Three Mile and Kinney, Fruit Ridge, then maybe thatís my responsibility.Ē

Principal Apologizes to Students for Punishing Them for Celebratory Bike Ride - ABC News
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:45 AM
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where are you getting that? The article says nothing about students skipping school. Here's a quote from the article:

Pennington said the bike ride put the students in danger, tied up traffic and caused school staffers to be late for work.

Sounds like the principal considered bike riding dangerous and a traffic hazard. From another article:

ĒThatís it. The short and sweet: Call and get your butts home. Youíre not participating in senior walk today. If you and your parents donít have sense enough to know your brains could end up splattered on Three Mile and Kinney, Fruit Ridge, then maybe thatís my responsibility.Ē

Principal Apologizes to Students for Punishing Them for Celebratory Bike Ride - ABC News
I don't think the principal was saying that biking was dangerous. I think s/he was saying what those kids did was dangerous.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:50 AM
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I don't think the principal was saying that biking was dangerous. I think s/he was saying what those kids did was dangerous.
Those kids bicycled. I don't understand what else she could be saying, for example the "brains splattered" quote. But my point is the kids were not suspended for being late to school. That is not said anywhere in the article and is false.

Regardless, in that situation the kids had a police escort.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:55 AM
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The link says the principal apologized. Like all of these news articles, there's always more to the story than what we get. It is not clear if biking is or isn't allowed at this school. We weren't allowed to bike to my school either, back in the 50s. No one ever said why, but it wasn't traffic.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:58 AM
 
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If anyone overreacted it was the principal.
Agreed, but to assert that her reaction was because of bicycling being a "stigmatized activity" or because of an "auto-centric culture" is even more insane.

She was mad because the kids were not in school when they should have been, and because her panties were in a twist, she overreacted.
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Sounds like the principal considered bike riding dangerous and a traffic hazard.
Were they riding single file? Obeying traffic signals? Wearing helmets?
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:08 AM
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^^I don't see a helmet on any head in the picture.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:11 AM
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Agreed, but to assert that her reaction was because of bicycling being a "stigmatized activity" or because of an "auto-centric culture" is even more insane.

She was mad because the kids were not in school when they should have been, and because her panties were in a twist, she overreacted.
Not she was not, and you've given zero evidence for that (and asked where you got idea from and you ignored me and just repeated the same likely false statement) and I made a post that showed otherwise.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:11 AM
 
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Agreed, but to assert that her reaction was because of bicycling being a "stigmatized activity" or because of an "auto-centric culture" is even more insane.

She was mad because the kids were not in school when they should have been, and because her panties were in a twist, she overreacted.

Were they riding single file? Obeying traffic signals? Wearing helmets?
It's pretty clear from the Principals statements that she views bicycling as a dangerous activity.

I'm not sure where you get the part about them being late.

Why should the Principal be concerned at all with a non-school sanctioned event. If the kids organized a day at the lake should the Principal make sure the kids have sunscreen, floatation vests and a certified lifeguard nearby to monitor any deviant behavior?
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:14 AM
 
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Love that this took place in Walker, Michigan.
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