Re "Schools are setting too many troubled kids adrift" (Editorials, Oct. 6): As a middle school teacher myself, I read the editorial about expelled students with interest.
I started to ask myself questions. When the child in the article was disciplined for "talking in class," how much talking? Was he asking for a pencil? Was he constantly disrupting the learning of others? Did he make it impossible for the teacher to teach?
When he got into a fight, how badly was the other child hurt? How many punches were thrown? The knife that caused the expulsion was found when he was sent to the office for offensive writing on the backpack. What did the writing say?
In reading the source article, this child was also failing multiple classes. Bad choices have consequences. Hopefully he will learn from them, and be more successful when he returns to school later in the year.
-- Jeff Randall, Antelope