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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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As a teacher, I see kids throw stuff away sometimes that I think could be reused or donated (it's an affluent area and most of them know their mom will just get them another one anyway, no questions asked). I do insist that they recycle their paper in my class (we have a semi-new recycling program at the school...) and may chide them for throwing paper in the trash, but it's up to them what they want to do with their stuff. If a parent called me to yell at me about "allowing" their kid to throw something away, I would probably laugh.
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