High school rule goes viral for turning away parents

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KARK) — A Little Rock high school posted a sign on Facebook six days ago, and it has now been shared more than 110,000 times.

The message tells parents to turn around at the front door if they’re bringing something for their son.

It’s the second day of school, and senior Patrick Wingfield is already hard at work in class. He knows just what is expected of him in his final year at Catholic High School for Boys. But as a freshman he wasn’t sure.

“I had ideas, and then during the opening pep rally Mr. Straessle addressed the whole student body and let us know the rules,” said Wingfield.

While they may be strict, Wingfield said he’s gotten used to them.

“I was kinda shocked, but after a couple years here I understood why it was a rule.”

It’s one rule that has gone viral on social media.

“We put a sign up on the front door to not only alert new parents to the policy, but to remind people why we do it,” said Principal Steve Straessle.

Straessle had a picture posted on the Catholic High School for Boys Facebook page last Wednesday.

“If you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please turn around and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve.”

“It’s simply to help boys avoid the default switch of calling mom and dad when things don’t go right to bail them out,” Straessle said.

Parents sounded off on Facebook, “Give kids a break,” while others wrote, “You learn by taking responsibility, not by escaping it.


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