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My 2 Cents: OKC School Cracking Down On Tardy Students

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You could almost hear parents across the metro muttering "it's about time" at our report on a middle school cracking down hard on tardy students.

The leaders at Oklahoma City's Jefferson Middle School are fed up with kids being late to class because they want to hang out in the halls.

So last week, they suspended almost one hundred 6th, 7th and 8th graders, had them acknowledge it in writing, and told them don't come back until your parents are with you.

Four did come back without their parents, and they were arrested for trespassing.

A district spokeswoman said a majority of the parents agreed with the school's crackdown, but now the principal has resigned without explanation, and the district is backing off saying they're going to work on positive interventions to cut tardiness.

I've been to Jefferson, and I believe that school needs a firm hand on the wheel.

It's a low income school that narrowly avoided an "F" on the state's school grading system.

Pretty tough to teach when a bunch of kids are yucking it up out in the hallway after class has started.

I met a bunch of parents down there, and I think they'll rise to the challenge, if you stick to the ultimatum.. "convince your kid to get to class on time or he's going to be hanging out with you for the rest of the year."

School leaders need to make a stand.

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