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Toss a condom, get suspended for 10 days

Red Bank High School in Chattanooga — scene of the rubber crime.

It’s tiring to report the stupidity of people some days. A Tennessee high school student got suspended for 10 days for tossing a few condoms into a crowd, yet real problems like bullying and hazing go unpunished in schools around the country. Administrators don’t have their head screwed on straight. (News 9 Chattanoga):

Josh Eustice says he was trying to educate his classmates about having safe sex.
But his actions angered school officials. The senior was modeling tuxedos for Red Bank‘s upcoming prom. As he walked off stage at the packed gym assembly last Friday, he tossed out condoms to his classmates. He was in trouble before he got off the stage.

Eustice treads lightly at home and in school this afternoon. His dad gave him a long list of house cleaning chores after the Red Bank senior tossed about 30 condoms to his classmates last Friday. And his assistant principal suspended him for ten days.

That makes Josh bristle. Eustice said, “I don’t agree with the ten days at all. I mean I didn’t throw out anything illegal that was hazardous like cigarettes or anything. People have done much worse things and got suspended for much less days.”

The senior says the prom fair in a packed gym seemed the appropriate stage. He adds he threw out the single condoms to protect his classmates after Red Bank’s prom. “I did it more or less for a reminder so people would think about stuff like that. STD’s and pregnancies and stuff like that it happens all the time.”

Principal Wade Kelly said this was an internal discipline issue, stood behind the harsh punishment and says he’s frustated to be second guessed. Kelly says he stands behinds the harsh punishment.

Students reacted to it. One freshman said the punishment was more than it needed to be. Eustice’s friend and fellow senior Andrew Williard said, “I don’t think he should’ve got suspended because he was just trying to promote safe sex and it’s going to happen either way.”

…The assistant principal who suspended Eustice says he used his own discretion because the policy manual doesn’t cover this type of offense.

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