Yes, they’re being fined if the show up late for class. Stansbury High in Utah is giving tickets for tardiness.
First time gets a warning. Second time gets a $3 fee, and the third and up tardies are a $5 fine. If the student can’t pay the fee, they have the option of taking detention, or have a spotless attendance record for the next couple weeks.
The principal says it’s not designed to be a money maker for the school – it’s supposed to get kids into class rather than loitering in the hallways.
Parents of course are furious about it, one saying “This is a great way to punish parents. What kids have money to pay their own fines? It’s bad enough I have to be late for work if my kid is running late in the morning – but now i have to shell out cash every time my kid can’t get his butt out the door? That’s ridiculous.” Another mom says “I would rather my kid just get detention like at a normal school. No one wants to give up their free time. I don’t feel like three dollars is hurting anyone.”
What are your thoughts on the new punishment method? Think it’ll get kids into class, or do you think they’ll just pawn th efee off on their parents?