Readers Write (Feb. 27): Harlem Shake suspensions, photo cop, Target

  • Updated: February 26, 2013 - 6:33 PM

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School officials took appropriate action

I’d like to thank members of the Mound Westonka school administration for their courage. It’s not easy to punish bad behavior (“Mound Westonka hockey players suspended after cafeteria dance,” Feb. 23).

I know. As a high school baseball coach for 18 years, I also was forced, at times, into difficult decisions that led to suspensions — sometimes involving key members of the team. Students always complain that they want to be treated as adults. Until they have to answer for their actions.

It’s understandable that parents are calling foul. They wouldn’t be parents if they didn’t. What’s more disturbing is seeing the Star Tribune question district officials’ actions (“Harlem Shake flap: School must explain,” editorial, Feb. 26).

What would have happened if one — yes, only one — student had been hurt (a broken arm or leg, or a head injury)? Those same parents might have brought legal action.

And guess who would have had to pay for that lawsuit? Taxpayers. So, again, I say thanks.

Bill Corrigan Jr., Spring Lake Park

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Those of us who work in schools understand how quickly a situation can get out of control if not dealt with immediately and swiftly. Was the consequence harsh? Maybe, but the parents must do the right thing and support the administration’s decision. The only message they are sending to their children now is that if you don’t get your way, you should call for someone’s job.

They need to be responsible parents and move on. Their children will be better off in the long haul.

Sarah Brookner, Minneapolis

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Any way to get this up and running again?

The cameras that photograph red-light violations have been removed from use because of constitutional issues. What would happen if the violations were treated not as a criminal violations but like a parking ticket? Your insurance rates don’t go up when you get a parking ticket. It doesn’t matter who parked your car illegally. The car gets the ticket. One assumes the owner knows who was driving and can go to that person to pay the ticket; the same could be true with red-light violations.

A car owner can actually see a video record and can easily determine if there was a violation. Try doing that with a parking meter you claim to have fed.

Tickets: We hate them, but they do change our behavior.

Bob Brereton, St. Paul

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Instant replay in football has without a doubt improved the game’s officiating. The fact that the pictures are reliable enough to confirm or overturn eyewitness accounts of events says a lot about reliability. It is an excellent example of using available technology to improve efficiency and outcomes. Let us draw a parallel with photo cop, then get our Legislature aboard.

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