Thursday, February 3, 2011

Should Children be Fined for Swearing in Schools?

I hear a lot of potty mouths when I am out and about, maybe a ticket or two to the Newport students would not only lower my taxes but aid my children's ears.

The following piece appeared on


Dallas Teen Fined $637 for Foul Mouth
Updated 10:47 AM CST, Mon, Jan 31, 2011

A suburban Dallas teen-ager had to take on a waitressing job to pay $637 after being ticketed for using bad language in a high school classroom.

Court records show that teacher Michelle Lene heard Victoria Mullins say "you trying to start (expletive)" loudly in class one day last October. She was sent to the principal's office and given lunch detention. The next day, the school resource officer presented the North Mesquite High School student a ticket.

The Dallas Morning News reported that the fine for disorderly conduct/abusive language was $340, but other charges included failure to show for a hearing.

The complaint said Lene was offended, and that Mullins' language was a breach of the peace.

Mullins acknowledges she was wrong. She said a classmate was getting on her nerves.

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