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    Students “slammed” over breakfast

    Date: 03.05.10 | by Judge Tom.

    Many people watch the Super Bowl each year for the innovative and entertaining commercials. 2010 was no exception. During the February 7, 2010 event, Denny’s restaurant advertised free “Grand Slam” breakfasts for everyone who showed up on Tuesday, February 9 between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.

    Lines at most Denny’s across the nation started forming in the wee hours. A line in West Warwick, Rhode Island, included students from nearby West Warwick High School. Some knew of the event from last year when Denny’s did the same thing following the Super Bowl. This year, 46 students showed up, missing their first periods at school.

    Denny's Grand Slam

    The Assistant Principal also appeared, telling the students to get to school. Those that did immediately received a tardy notation in their file. Others who stayed for their breakfasts and didn’t return, received a two-day suspension. The principal explained that her concern stemmed from a car crash that happened last year involving a student hurrying back to school from the freebie.

    Is a free breakfast worth a suspension, especially when it’s on your record? How would a college recruiter or future employer regard this if he or she became aware of it? It sounds like a minor incident, but suspensions on your record add up and can affect your grades and promotion status.

    For more about truancy and suspensions, see:  http://askthejudge.info/does-suspending-a-student-for-truancy-make-sense/2451/

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Jenni Bowring
      Fri, 05 Mar 2010 at 08:02

      Judge Tom Jacobs blogs about students "slammed" over breakfast http://shar.es/m3BpW