From hair to puffer jackets to freedom of speech, it seems that our school kids are having a bit of a rough time of it lately. 15 Year Old, Napier student, Anela Pritchard has caused a bit of a local internet buzz with her tales of being suspended after an impassioned speech in which she criticises her teachers and tells them they need to work harder. There is some debate about the fact that she was suspended with the school saying that she wasn’t.
While, Anela might have some points, it’s hard to imagine that this would have got any coverage, five, ten or fifteen years ago and those of us that did go through the school system them seemed to turn out okay. Apart from having to walk to school in the snow in bare feet – that was tough.