Don't close OPRF campus because of a few bad apples

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"Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention forbids collective punishment and states that a person shall not be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed.

"This article explicitly relates to administrative punishment imposed on persons or groups because of acts that they did not personally commit. Article 50 of the Hague Regulations states a comparable prohibition."

So what is it we are trying to teach our kids with the implementation of a closed campus at Oak Park and River Forest High School because of the actions of a few students?

David Feldman
Parent of current OPRF student

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Tom Payne from Oak Park  

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 5:27 PM

Mr. Feldman, you're being too smart by half, since of course the Geneva Convention defines humanitarian protections for civilians in a war zone. Clearly nobody, including mouth-breathing liberals, would classify our proximity to the west side of Chicago as worthy of protections of a war zone. That said, the open campus is now and has always been a stupid idea on its face. It provides no educational value, and creates potentially bad situations for kids, neighbors, parks and business nearby.

Former OPRF parent from Oak Park  

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 4:55 PM

Why is leaving school a "privilege" and staying on campus (like 95% of other high schools in our region) a "punishment"? What kind of thinking does this message reflect? We are adjacent to a high-crime/high-drug city environment, more than other schools, students should stay on campus at lunch.

Chris Goode from Oak Park  

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 1:32 PM

I don't think it has to be an all or nothing proposition. I think that open campus should be a privilege, not a right. Maybe reserved for juniors and seniors with good grades, attendance and truancy records and no discipline infractions. Standing around near residences should not be allowed but park, school grounds and public places are ok. Monitoring who comes and goes is important, perhaps via student id's. This might have a good effect on grades and discipline.

Former Student from Oak Park  

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 1:04 PM

David, I wouldn't consider a closed campus punishment on par with anything covered under the Geneva Convention. When I was in school a significant number of students used drugs during lunch. Some of these people were my friends and I know a few who have gone on to have serious drug problems. I fully support a closed campus. OPRF needs to change it's student culture so that it's not socially acceptable for a student to be in school while high.

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