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US School requires smiling in between classes, teen says — or students get sent to office

23:22  15 may  2018
23:22  15 may  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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A teen in Pennsylvania's Northern Lebanon School District claims students must smile between classes or else. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Students who don’t have a smile on their face while in hallways between classes are allegedly told to either smile or see a

School makes students smile or go to office , teen says . Students who don’t have a smile on their face while in hallways between classes are allegedly told to either smile or You have to or you get detention.” Both also say Assistant High School Principal Benjamin Wenger and fellow administrators

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LEBANON, Pa. — Northern Lebanon School District students are required to smile while walking the hallways between classes, while bullying incidents are being ignored by administrators, according to a student in the district and her parent.

Students who don’t have a smile on their face while in hallways between classes are allegedly told to either smile or see a guidance counselor to discuss their problems.

Fifteen-year-old Julianna Gundrum, a student at the school district, said students who didn’t smile faced the consequences. Her mother, Jean Gundrum, has since pulled her from the school and enrolled her in the district’s cyber school program.

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School makes students smile or go to office , teen says . Students who don’t have a smile on their face while in hallways between classes are allegedly told to either smile or see a guidance “If you don’t ( smile ) you get called to the office or down to see your guidance counselor,” she said .

School makes students smile or go to office , teen says . Students who don’t have a smile on their face while in hallways between classes are allegedly told to either smile or You have to or you get detention.” Both also say Assistant High School Principal Benjamin Wenger and fellow administrators

“If you don’t (smile) you get called to the office or down to see your guidance counselor,” she said. “You have to talk about your problems then. You have to or you get detention.”

Both also say Assistant High School Principal Benjamin Wenger and fellow administrators don't care enough about the bullying and harassment taking place in the school district, where Jean Gundrum said her 14-year-old daughter, Adreanna, experienced abuse.

Superintendent Erik Bentzel said any bullying incident reported in the school district is taken seriously.

"We fully investigate every report of bullying," he said. "But, we can't tell (both sets of parents) about the consequences — I can't talk to (a parent) about another (parent's) child."

State law required schools to adopt an anti-bullying policy by Jan. 1, 2009, which states that in cases of verified bullying a "building principal or his/her designee will inform the parents or guardians of the victim and also the parents or guardians of the accused."

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Northern Lebanon School District students must smile while walking the school ’s hallways or they will be punished. Students who don't wear smiles on their faces between classes will be asked to do so, and if they refuse, they will be sent to discuss their problems with a guidance counselor

Northern Lebanon School District students are required to smile while walking the hallways between classes , while bullying incidents are Teachers are aware that a child without a smile in the hall can be sent to the guidance counselor. More: Northern Lebanon school board member resigns in protest

"Any staff member who receives a bullying complaint shall gather information or

seek administrative assistance to determine if bullying has occurred, the policy states.

During a May 8 school board meeting, one student spoke out and mentioned the bullying problem while defending the administrators amid a scandal.

“There are bigger issues in our school than what (the principals) did,” said Mark Tinto Jr., an 11th grade student. “There are students getting bullied, and they are trying to improve that with the new campus model.”

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