Oklahoma City middle school cracks down on tardy students

To combat tardiness, Oklahoma City's Jefferson Middle School has suspended 97 students who were found in the hall after the bell had rung in the past three days.
by Adam Kemp Modified: April 18, 2013 at 9:06 pm •  Published: April 19, 2013
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Nearly 100 students at an Oklahoma City middle school were suspended in the past three days for being caught in the hall after the bell.

To combat constant tardiness, the administration at Jefferson Middle School started conducting hallway sweeps this week after the bell for class rings, Oklahoma City Public Schools spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy said.

Any student caught in the hall instead of in class was suspended.

Kennedy said administrators at Jefferson felt this was their only option to get students to take them seriously.

“They said they had constantly warned the students for the last few months that they have to get to class on time,” Kennedy said. “Action had to be taken and this was the action they took.”

As part of the student's suspension, they must bring their parent or guardian to a conduct meeting to address their tardiness.

Kennedy said the overwhelming majority of parents approved of the school's actions.

“The school said 99 percent were supportive of the suspensions,” she said.

Four students were arrested at Jefferson on Tuesday after they tried to return to the school while suspended, district officials said.

School administrators said it is important for parents to talk with their children about punctuality.

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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