High School Rule Going Viral for Turning away Parents
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A Little Rock high school posted a sign on Facebook six days ago, and it has now been shared more than 110,000 times.
The message tells parents to turn around at the front door if they’re bringing something for their son.
It’s the second day of school, and senior Patrick Wingfield is already hard at work in class.
He knows just what is expected of him in his final year at Catholic High School for Boys.
But as a freshman he wasn’t sure.
“I had ideas, and then during the opening pep rally Mr. Straessle addressed the whole student body and let us know the rules,” said Wingfield.
While they may be strict, Wingfield said he’s gotten used to them.
“I was kinda shocked, but after a couple years here I understood why it was a rule.”
It’s one rule that has gone viral on social media.
“We put a sign up on the front door to not only alert new parents to the policy, but to remind people why we do it,” said Principal Steve Straessle.
Straessle had a picture posted on the Catholic High School for Boys Facebook page last Wednesday.
“If you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please turn around and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve.”
That post shared more than 110,000 times as of Tuesday evening.
Straessle said, "It’s simply to help boys avoid the default switch of calling mom and
dad when things don’t go right to bail them out."
Parents sounded off on Facebook, “Give kids a break!”
While others wrote, “You learn by taking responsibility, not by escaping it.”
And that’s what Straessle said is the whole goal of the school. Which Wingfield agreed with,
“It makes me think for myself and not rely on other people to do things for me. And if I make a mistake, I need to learn from it and try to fix it,” said Wingfield.
The most common theme surfacing on Facebook is concern kids who forget their lunch are going to starve at school, but the principal said that won’t happen. No one will starve because they know how to problem solve.
Sounds good to me.