Teddy (age 12) came home from school yesterday and told me what his science teacher's "policy" is on gum chewing in class.
1. The first time you are caught chewing gum you are to spit it into a glass jar she keeps in the room called the "Gum Jar."
2. If it happens again, you have to spit the gum in the jar and then "put your hand in the jar and squish all the gum around for thirty seconds." (!!!)
3. If you do it a third time, you have to fill an entire piece of graph paper with g-u-m written in every box.
4. With the fourth offense you must write "gum" 100 times on a piece of wood with a Sharpie marker and then sand the wood with 200 grit sandpaper until the words are gone!!
Have you ever heard of anything like that? Teddy said he was chewing gum once and had to spit it in the jar--but that he'll never chew gum in her class again. I asked him if any of the kids got caught chewing it more than once and he said that a couple of kids have had to squish the gum in the jar.
I don't like gum chewing--but wow! this woman is hardcore!!