Reader Email – I Got Expelled From Bridgton Academy For Snapping A Picture Of A Teacher And Saying She Was A Smokeshow
(UNFORTUNATELY NOT THE TEACHER IN QUESTION)
My names Owen, im from the Cape, and i just got screwed by Bridgton Academy, heres how:
This happened around last week. I was sitting in my mandatory 7:30-9:30 study hall class in the lecture hall at Bridgton Academy doing work. I received a snapchat on my iPad from one of my friends back home. As a reply, I tilted my iPad up and snapped a grainy picture of my study hall proctor titled ” my study hall proctors a smokeshow” with an arrow pointing to her at the bottom of the lecture hall approximately 20 feet away. Upon sending it I accidentally posted it to My Story, and didn’t notice till the next morning since it was already 9:30 PM when I got out of study hall. The next morning I noticed my mistake and quickly deleted it from my story.
A few days pass by before the Dean of Students comes up to me and requests that I come up to his office for a meeting. When I go in he asks if I know why I’m there and I reply “no”. This was 4-5 days after the incident so I assumed that it had gone by unnoticed. Sadly I was wrong. Basically someone at my school snitched on me and showed the snapchat to the Dean. He starts rifling through his iPhone and then shows me a picture of someones iPad on snapchat with the picture from my story. My heart dropped and then the Dean looks at me with a sad face and says “Its not my decision, it’s Mr.Vigneau’s [The Headmaster] but I’m sorry to say he decided to expel you.”
I stopped myself from saying “WOW that’s bullshit” and just dropped my head into my lap. It also should be noted that in the 2 weeks prior to this happening, one kid got caught with 22 grams of weed….22 GRAMS and he got suspended for 5 days. Another kid put up a snapchat saying “who needs bud?”. He got suspended for 3 days. And it was his 2nd offense. This was my first time getting in trouble at this school. Not even a detention. Basically the message Mr.Vigneau and this staff are sending is that you can have criminal amounts of weed in your room but you can’t compliment a teacher. Bullshit.
I was using the word “smokeshow” as a term of endearment, and they make it seem like I’m sexually harassing a teacher….all this over a snapchat that was only supposed to go to my friend back home….
P.S Here are the emails I exchanged with The Headmaster’s secretary about scheduling an appeal
Well this is fucking nuts. Like this is one of those old “I know it when I see it and this ain’t it” situations. This isn’t sexual harassment. A teenager snapping a picture of a teacher and saying she is a smokeshow is max 1 day detention. (Sidenote I guess this wasn’t the first incident with this specific teacher. There was some controversy on Yik Yak whatever that means, but it had nothing to do with this guy.) Bottomline is saying a teacher is a smokeshow is not a threat. It’s not sexual harassment. It’s a high school kid being a high school kid. I mean what dude has never said a teacher is hot before?
Yeah snapping a picture is a little different but still pretty fucking harmless. Unless it was up her skirt or something but this sounds like it was 20 feet away. I mean it would be one thing if this dude was stalking her or had a criminal record, but he doesn’t. He made a mistake that I’d chalk up to boys being boys. To automatically expel a kid without allowing an appeal is looney tunes. It’s also classic school administrator. Like yeah we do have the “”right to appeal” in the student handbook, but we only use the student handbook when it beneifits us so we choose not to let you appeal. And if you do appeal it’s like appealing to Roger Goodell in the old days. He’s the one who makes the rules, dishes the punishment and then hears the appeal. In other words whatever he says goes.