Art by Jill Arteche
As a high school freshman, one peek at my student handbook was enough to make me cower in fear. Coming from a relatively lax grade school, all the rules of my new all-girls Catholic school were scary. There were rules about sock lengths, and rules about short haircuts. One wrong move and you’d be sure to get an offense on your permanent record.
The bag burning debacle at Bicol Central University gave me war flashbacks; proof of how one unreasonable directive could lead to a senseless consequence. FYI: Rage burning students’ personal belongings could be a crime.
While I’m now old enough to know that some rules are there for a reason (safety and order), this also means that I know better than to follow all of them blindly. It was good thinking on the part of the student who posted the call-out tweet against the school administrator, and I wish I had that kind of outlet when my classmates were being reprimanded for not tying their hair.
In the spirit of unreasonable rules and exposing how whack the education system can be, we asked Team YS about some of the craziest punishments they’d ever received, and what we got was a collection of anecdotes about how crossing legs, playing with sticks, and not bringing a bobbin were grounds for a trip to the principal’s office.