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another principal run-in

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My son had soup splash all over himself at lunch. He said it covered his sweatshirt and was embarrassed and it was an old sweatshirt, so he took it off and threw it in the garbage.<br><br>
The prinicpal saw him and said that he shouldn't throw clothes away when there are poor children in Africa needing them. Meanwhile, other kids have dumped their lunches in the garbage. Principal tells him to go to the garbage and take the sweatshirt out and take it home for "mom" to wash. He walks over and says "gross. I'm not taking that out".<br><br>
I scolded him for not listening to an adult. However, the more I though about it, the more I thought it was none of her business, it is "my" business what my son does with his property. when he came to the car after school, I said right away "hey, it's cold, where's your sweatshirt". However, I have to admit, I glad it did not come home, I've been trying to throw it away for months. I don't think goodwill would have done anything but make rags with it.<br><br>
so, do you think I'll get a letter on this infraction??
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Each family and kid is different... some would be upset if the kid did that, others wouldn't , like you. I usually ask the kid what they are doing and why and if the kid is fairly reliable and explained it was old and nasty anyway, I would let him go ( I certainly wouldn't make ANYONE pick stuff out of the lunch trash!- EW!) I might mention it to the parent when I saw them though. If you ever saw the nice things that end up in lost and found and go to the shelters, you would be appalled though! Every 2 months they send 2 -3 contractor bags of clothes out of our small school's lost and found!
At one point the idea of having the kids help clean up the school yard in the spring for Earth Day was brought up and the response was that it was not allowed because it was unsafe to have the kids picking up the trash everywhere... It's too bad actually because it is mostly just papers that get away from the trash truck that takes the paper recycling away!
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