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Mooning is not Criminal

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Last Edited: December 20, 2006, 9:59 am

From the Naples Daily News: 

Last month, a prank got a 17-year-old Naples High School senior suspended and sent to an alternative school.

Friday, a Collier County judge upheld an injunction that will keep a Nick Sofos at Naples High pending a hearing before the Collier County School Board.

Nick had been suspended for 10 days and sent to the Phoenix Program, a Collier County alternative school that typically serves students with behavioral problems such as bringing weapons to school or fighting, after dropping his pants at a Thursday, Nov. 9, fashion show at the school.

His parents sought an emergency injunction last week to get Nick back in Naples High.

 

Okay - I am very conservative when it comes to pranks and believe students need discipline, strict rules & regulations. However, this young man wore a thong and only pulled down his pants for a few seconds, exposing his butt cheeks. As foolish and distasteful as this might be to many people, it should not ruin the teenager's life.  The television news reported last night that his transcripts for college are showing "incompletes" and this shannanigan might keep him out of college, since the Board of Directors is considering expelling him from school. I think some community service or even washing down the bathrooms in the school might be appropriate punishment. He should also make a public apology, admitting that it was a stupid thing to do. But expulsion?  We aren't talking about drug abuse, drunk driving, rape, or even cheating on a test.

What do you think?

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Comments

1.
Rick GComment by Rick G - December 20, 2006, 1:26 pm
Nancy,

I have to agree.

Kids are mooning all the time...out of school bus windows, etc. They shouldn't be sent to a "reform school" and have their education jeopardized because of it. At least the lad was wearing a thong. I've seen women walking down the beach with as much exposure without getting hassled at all.

An arrest for disorderly conduct would have been a sufficient punishment and future deterrent.
2.
emilygComment by emilyg - December 20, 2006, 1:30 pm
agree with both of you.
3.
truecriticComment by truecritic - December 20, 2006, 2:22 pm
I am against any school zero tolerance program I have heard about so far. I agree, childish prank - some punishment but not necessarily any kind of police involvement.



4.
cashinnComment by cashinn - December 20, 2006, 3:14 pm
Zero tolerance lacks balance. Unfortunately, its seems to be used as a catch all for any kind of bad behavior. I agree with you Rick G.. arrest for disorderly conduct would have been sufficent punishment but the deterrent I not so sure about. Pushing social boundaries to the point of acceptability seems to be the cultural objective today.   Mooning just seems to be a symptom of an even larger problem in the child and in the culture.
5.
SirMetroComment by SirMetro - December 27, 2006, 9:21 am
Just curious about one item, what's the punishment for all the kids who walk around with half their underware showing while their pants are almost down to their crotch? Would these same kids be in as much trouble if they wore a thong instead of briefs (or boxers)?
And also, what is the punishment for those kids who think it's impressive to stand around holding their crotch? I personally find that to be more repulsive and offensive then some silly kid mooning someone while wearing a thong (which isn't technically considered mooning if all the required parts are covered).

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