I am late again to the WATWB station. I hope I can still get on board the train. I appreciate this blogfest, and I try to support it, but Fridays are difficult. In any case, this month, being late was serendipitous. It was only on Friday, February 26th that the article I am sharing was published.
This story is about a high school principal in Indianapolis, here in the US. Some of you may remember the old mnemonic to help select between ‘principal’ and ‘principle’ – “the principal is your pal.” Well, mine never were, but Jason Smith is the definition of pal. Rather than jump to a conclusion and punish a boy who was sent to his office for refusing to remove his hat, Mr. Smith worked to find the root of the problem and to solve it. Here’s a bit from the story in USA Today:
So when an 8th grade student was sent to principal Jason Smith’s office last week for refusing to take off his hat, Smith asked the natural question: Why not?
“He just let me know his parents got him a haircut recently, but he didn’t like how it came out,” Smith said. “I’m assuming he just didn’t want kids to laugh at him.”
Instead of sending the student home, Smith pulled out his phone. He showed the boy photos of his son, whose hair he regularly cuts, and let the boy know he was no novice with a pair of clippers. Smith had been cutting hair for years and used to give his teammates haircuts before their high school and college basketball games.
He offered to fix the boy’s hairline. The boy and his parents agreed and Smith went home for his clippers.
Please take a look at the full story because this wasn’t the only time Smith helped a student in need. He doesn’t seek out the publicity, but he certainly deserves it.
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The gallery is some photos of schools I’ve shared before. I hope you enjoy the article and the photos.