People Break Down Their School's Most Unethical Practices
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Egregious acts and unethical practices have happened in schools since they first began.

Not too long ago, the news was filled with stories and commentary on Paris Hilton's YouTube documentary where she opened up about her time in the troubled teen industry.

In Canada, the Indigenous community is bringing home the lost native children that were discovered in unmarked graves in former residential schools. The same reckoning began in the U.S. in 2016.

Though we may not be seeing these extreme examples of unethical actions in public schools today, there are still grievances among our youth. We went to AskReddit to hear about the things we force our students to bear.


Redditor hugscar asked:

"What are unethical practices schools do?"

Some of these will shock you.

Zero tolerance policies.

"Bullied and harassed students having the same repercussions as their bully for defending themselves."- novato1995

"I remember when the zero tolerance policy started being applied to both/all parties, a behaviorist predicted an upswing of violence, plus an increase in violent intensity (from slaps to punches; from punches to stabbings; from stabbings to shootings)."

"If I am remembering right, that prediction is being found accurate."- liquidarc

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A lack of consequences.

"I had a bully in middle school grab and twist my thumb hard enough to snap tendon (or whatever is in your thumb. It's been a while) and nothing happened to him since he would have to sit out football if he was punished."- TheLaughingSage

"So for my school I have 2 things."

"They have a no pass list."

"You are only allowed to be out for 5 minutes at most, and no passes first or last 10 minutes of class, no exceptions."

"If you break these rules, or you're just a b*tch/troublemaker in class enough times, you get put on the no pass list for at LEAST a week, so you get 0 passes at ALL."

"It could be for that class for a week, it could be the whole day for the rest of the year.

"I'm sitting at home with a concussion and not at school right now because some kid physically assaulted me."

"She gave me a concussion, two bruises, a red star shaped mark on my head, and 3 different muscle tissue injuries."

"Her doing this has prevented me from performing in front of thousands of people this Friday."

"She has not been punished or talked to at all."

"They have said 'I think you and her just have conflicting ideas and she might have been triggered by things in class and you really don't know each other well'."

" When she came up behind me, grabbed my hair, and yanked me down to the ground by my hair."

"This is bullshit especially because she did this earlier in the year too, and if she does it one more time especially since she is still at school and has not been punished in the slightest, my parents are going to press charges."- cat_lover_21.

Chained fire escapes.

"Our assembly room/gymnasium had the fire escape doors chained shut, and the police department was aware of it."- snarlyelder.

Required textbooks.

"Requiring you to purchase textbooks brand new from the college's bookstore because that's the only way to get the access code to complete the required assignments on the publishers website."- austininlaw

Limiting access to water.

"Less severe but limiting kids access to water, I.e. you can’t have your drink bottle at the table."

"Which sucks when you live in Australia and at summer the temperature gets up to 36c and school is during all the hottest hours of the day."- TeamLarge7729

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A "told you so" moment.

"I was a decently misbehaved third grader."

"Told my teacher I had a stomach ache and I needed to go to the nurse."

"I asked a number of times."

"She thought I was just trying to get out of individual reading time."

"My appendix burst on the bus ride home."

"I was never one to ask to go to the nurse."

"Just a hyperactive kid my teacher apparently had enough of."

"Denying medical attention to an 8 year old seems unethical."

"This is not a 'boy who cried wolf' story for all those saying 'I told ya so.'"- jurassicgrif

Bathroom access.

"Not allowing kids to use the restroom."

"As someone who was diagnosed with multiple reproductive issues at an early age, I had some pretty intense periods."

"And this rule made school even worse."

"Got the nickname 'Paint Bottle' because my school was infamous for denying the bathroom."

"they were closed to all students during a set time because of 'misuse') and I literally had no help from anyone at all. Never realized it was as bad for other people too."

- RebelRebelPebble

"Not being allowed to go the toilet."

"You gotta go, you know?"- Averyjackman.

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Invasion of privacy.

"This is probably very specific to my home country but period checks."

"I'm from Malaysia and yes sadly this is a thing and I've witnessed it firsthand. Mostly to make sure girls aren't lying about their periods just to get out of prayer activities."- roticanaidraws.

We're failing our students by passing them.

"Passing students that aren't ready for the next grade because they need to pad their passing rates to keep funding."

"It's setting the kids up for failure down the road."- VoijaRisa

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Unattainable prerequisites.

"Making classes a graduation requirement then not letting kids take those classes because they’re full since everyone needs to take them."- intense_fingerguns.

Cost Cutting Measures

"More of a University thing but using students as unpaid labor, mostly grad students and 'interns'."

"Also my school used prison labor to make all the dorms and dorm furniture, said that Healthcare for student workers was 'too luxurious' (exact quote!) and canceled it, canceled all shift meals for student workers, and raised our tuition to pay for our president's massive pay increase and to redo the stupid stadium used for Olympic trials for literally no reason."

"Literally I think he's the highest paid uni president in the US by a long shot."

" I know he gets a 400,000 every single YEAR for just his housing."

"You get a cookie if you can guess what uni I went to lol."- 1kingdweebus2

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Dress codes.

"No hats or hoods."

"iI don't know if this rule is in another school but it was back then when i was in elementary, but you weren't allowed to bring fast food food."- Slow-Revolution-9617.

No facial hair policies.

"One of my old high schools had mandatory shaving."

"All guys must be clean shaven every day."

"And in the principals office was the cheapest bag of bulk single blade razors you’d ever seen."

"Sometimes they forgot to tell us where the shaving cream was."

"I started shaving in junior high so afternoon classes were 50/50 if they’d make me go shave."- GingerMarquis.

The dreaded "D" word.

"After school detention."- Savings-Ad-9402.

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You're all in trouble.

"Collective punishment."

"This is a literal war crime according to Geneva Convention, so if you hate the teacher the gave a collective punishment, you can literally sue them in the international court and if the teacher will be found guilty, they wouldn’t be able to pay fines and fees due to their salary being low and will probably be in prison."

"School uniforms are a violation of human rights too because according to UN convention on the rights of a child a child has freedom of expression."

"Many schools will say it’s a local rule for students to wear uniforms in their school, but international laws are ABOVE the local ones."- fedunya1.

Too much homework.

"Giving a heavy workload in middle school/early high school and saying that it teaches time management. "

"All it does is speedrun burnout."- MoonarLune.

Not meeting compliancy standards.

"Not accommodating for disabilities properly."

"I actually have a story for this."

"I’m not sure if it’s really a disability, but I am legally blind in my right eye."

"We were going to march in a parade in 7th grade."

"I was placed on the far left. "

"The reason why it was a problem is that I am blind in my right eye so I was not able to see people to my right without turning my head."

"We needed to face forward. It made it way harder to know where I needed to be."

"I tried talking to the band teacher about placing me on the right but he didn’t listen and kept me there despite my concerns."

"It made things a lot harder than it needed to be."- The_Fluffy_Riachu.

Children are often given little autonomy or rights when it comes to taking control of a situation.

During the pandemic, some parents are practicing giving their kids more "choices with limits" to bring about well-being for their kids.

Ultimately, the lesson here might be to believe our youth when they feel something isn't right.

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