60 seniors at Kenowa Hills High School in Walker, MI were suspended from the last day of school because they rode their bicycles to school the day before.
The students had a police escort, and Mayor Robe Verheulen (a Republican running for the state House) even joined along and handed donuts out to the students.
Some school staff and other commuters in this suburb of Grand Rapids, though, apparently took issue with sharing the road with these cyclists, and had the seniors suspended on the final day of classes today.
The school principal really went off on the seniors about causing a huge backup and a safety problem, while the police officer providing the escort said there was no safety issue, and traffic was able to get past with no problem. Much of the community is in a complete uproar about the suspension, which apparently was administered by the high school
principle principal Katharine Pennington.
While early reports of this bike ride to Kenowa was described as a “Senior Prank,” the Senior who organized this ride with the support of his parents, Zac Totten, said he planned this ride as a fun, senior send-off. School principal Pennington sent a letter to parents explaining the suspension, claiming the event was “extremely disruptive to traffic” and was “dangerous due to the traffic.”
Update: Furious parents (including the school board president) respond to Principal Pennington’s suspension and reverse her decision.
WOOD TV: Bike ride caused traffic jam. The video story at that link has more of the story than the text.
H/T to Eric.