My Son Has Been Suspended Five Times. He’s 3.

Tunette Powell’s sons, JJ (left) and Joah, have been suspended from school eight times combined. (Tunette Powell/Washington Post)
Tunette Powell’s sons, JJ (left) and Joah, have been suspended from school eight times combined. (Tunette Powell/Washington Post)
Tunette Powell’s sons, JJ (left) and Joah, have been suspended from school eight times combined. (Tunette Powell/Washington Post)

(The Washington Post) – I received a call from my sons’ school in March telling me that my oldest needed to be picked up early. He had been given a one-day suspension because he had thrown a chair. He did not hit anyone, but he could have, the school officials told me.

JJ was 4 at the time.

I agreed his behavior was inappropriate, but I was shocked that it resulted in a suspension.

For weeks, it seemed as if JJ was on the chopping block. He was suspended two more times, once for throwing another chair and then for spitting on a student who was bothering him at breakfast. Again, these are behaviors I found inappropriate, but I did not agree with suspension.

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