Vice Principal asked my son to drop out of high school

Lefty Graves

**This article is based on nonfiction by actual events witnessed firsthand by me; used with permission.

We all know how important it is to have a good education. That's why I was stunned when the vice principal of my son's school called me and asked me to come in for a conference. I arrived at my son's high school at the appointed time and sat patiently waiting for the vice principal to arrive.

My son walked in next, he was a junior that year. As he walked in, my son greeted me with a "Hi, mom." He looked great, so I knew that I hadn't been called in for an injury. Finally, the vice principal walked into the office and sat behind the desk.

He greeted me with a "hello" and then began to tell me why he had called me to the school. He started his conversation with, "I've never asked any of my students to do what I'm about to ask you and your son to do this year."

I looked at the man, confused. My son also looked confused. As the vice principal went on, he told me he felt my son should "leave school and finish school from home." He told us that my son wasn't a "problem child, but he appears to be bored, and we can't hold him down if he needs to be learning more."

I was baffled now. My son was an excellent student, so there had to be more to the reason as far as I was concerned. My son wasn't causing problems, but the other kids were creating issues, and my son was not learning well in this atmosphere.

I had little choice but to remove my son from school that day. My son told his friends "goodbye" as he collected his belongings from his locker, and we left for home. Unfortunately, this was in the early stages of the Internet, and there weren't many options yet for education from home.

There were, however, some correspondence courses my son could enroll in for his schooling, so we quickly enrolled in one of those. My son graduated well above his peers within a year of starting the program. He'd been bored in school.

Thanks to homeschooling, he graduated above his class, held down a job, and was enrolled in some college classes at the local community college. I'll never fully understand this vice principal, but I'm so glad my son excelled at his correspondence course and made it through school.

What would you have done? Would you have changed schools or followed the vice principal's advice? My other kids were somewhat envious that my son could home school while they had to get up and get on the bus daily.

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Lefty has been writing online since 2000 on various topics, including youth mentoring, addiction, parenting, gardening, advocating for seniors, sustainability, farming & more. She resides on a farm with her family in Northeastern Washington state.

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