Brooks School

Reflections from the Bricks

Written by Rowan Beaudoin-Friede, Brooks School Editor

Deerfield Academy

DCs: The Academy's Power Play

Written by Manan Krishnamurthy, Deerfield Academy Panel Member

Groton School

Midnight Circles

Written by Candilla Park and Fran Saldivar, Groton School Panel Members

Milton Academy

#WorthIt

Written by Sophia Wilson Pelton, Milton Academy

Northfield Mount Hermon School

Bring it on, Balance!

Written by Olivia Morrison and Elyse Kassa, NMH School

Phillips Academy Andover

Speaker Power: The Andover Experience

Written by Amiri Tulloch, Phillips Academy Andover Associate Editor

St. Mark's School

An Exploration of "Senior Privileges"

Written by Theo Bartlett, St. Mark's School Editor

Tabor Academy

“Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby”

Written by Katie Cody, Tabor Academy

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Created by The Tavern's Cartoonists,

Malik Gaye (Groton School)

Lilly Le (Milton Academy)

Alice Lu (Phillips Academy Andover)

Simon Zylstra (St. Mark's School)

Survey Question

We went around our schools and asked students:

   "What are you most likely to get DCed for?"

Here is what some students had to say...

 

Roofing 

- Groton School

 

Stealing a barn baby 

- Milton Academy

 

Costing north of 6 figures 

- Concord Academy

 

Being a conservative 

- Concord Academy

 

Setting the ice cream stand on fire. 

- NMH School

 

Confessing my love for my math teacher 

- Milton Academy

 

Ask Jose 

- Milton Academy

 

Crashing into the school building yelling "ARIBA! ARIBA!" and then playing aggressive dubstep for all to rave to in the coffeehouse causing mass destruction and then ending the night with a silent rave which is illegal in the country of North Andover. 

- Brooks School

 

Nothing, I already got DCed 

- Groton School

 

Picking dumb friends who would give me away for doing shit 

- Concord Academy

 

Acids (gigitygigitygoo) 

- Anonymous

 

Getting caught hooking up in a classroom 

- Brooks School

 

Scamming my way through school #joanne 

- Milton Academy

 

Demerits 

- Groton School

 

Missing chapel 12 times 

- Groton School

 

Kidnapping all of the campus dogs 

- Concord Academy

 

Chewing out a teacher for being an idiot. 

- Anonymous

 

Breaking Pariatals (I'm a gay male) 

- Milton Academy

 

Cheating 

- Groton School

 

Narcotics paraphernalia 

- Anonymous

 

“I don’t see myself as a triangle” 

- Groton School

 

Creating a sauna after being around fire 

- Milton Academy

 

Putting my physics text book in the compost bin instead of the recycling bin, intentionally (woohoo, senior spring am I right?!) 

- Concord Academy

 

Protesting

- Milton Academy

 

;) 

- Milton Academy

 

- Phillips Academy Andover

 

Copious amounts of pornography 

- Anonymous

 

Hurting someone’s feelings 

- Groton School

 

Usually drugs or alcohol, but DC's are starting to get a bit over the top. Kids are getting punished with really stupid things lately.  

- Brooks School

 

I think there should be designated safe spaces for sex on campus. 

- Milton Academy

 

Chasing squirrels 

- NMH School

 

Milk. 

- Concord Academy

 

Beastiality 

- Anonymous

 

“I thought it was just a brownie”

- Milton Academy

 

Having unprotected butt stuff in a dorm room without the door ajar 

- Anonymous

 

Stealing Flik's Trustee Weekend decorations 

- Milton Academy

 

Getting fucked up 

- Anonymous


Being too honest 

- Groton School

"Should DCs be broadcasted to the entire school?"

Created by The Tavern's Cartoonists,

Malik Gaye (Groton School)

Lilly Le (Milton Academy)

Alice Lu (Phillips Academy Andover)

Simon Zylstra (St. Mark's School)

Whether one attends a school that reads or does not read DC Statements, there is always some controversy. Those in favor of public readings argue that doing so is the best way to prevent malicious rumors, while those in favor of anonymity argue that privacy should be prioritized. Considering that all our institutions strive to protect us students and have our best interests at heart, it seems counterintuitive that they have different approaches to handling the aftermath of DCs. We, the Editors, were interested in why these different decisions were made, so we asked our Deans. Here is what they had to say:

 

Concord Academy: Usually reads DC statements, but with option of anonymity

“Once the decision is made [by the disciplinary committee], the student is given the option for anonymity. Typically the general explanation of the violation and the decision made by the community are read aloud. We announce DCs to keep transparency around rules and consequences.”

- Sally Zimmerli, Acting Director of Student Life


 

Groton School: Does not read DC statements

“I don't believe in raising kids by shaming other kids. With a few exceptions, I believe in RESTORATIVE JUSTICE meted out in NOT shaming the transgressor. There are other ways to deal with discipline and this is a position in which I firmly believe as a headmaster and as a parent. Some may think lack of transparency leads to rumors and I think it's protecting dignity of students and their families because everyone makes mistakes. Find me a person, any person, who has never made a mistake and I will tell you that is rare. Therefore if you believe that most people make mistakes, we would be talking about DCs and not being proactive in telling young people how to bounce back from their mistakes. For the adults in the community, this is different as they are in loco parentis.”

- Temba Maqubela, Head of School


 

Milton Academy: Reads DC statements during morning assembly

“The main reason we read DC statements to the community is so everyone hears the same thing. The facts of the case are provided, as well as the response, and the message is the same to all students and faculty.”

- Jackie Bonenfant, Academic Dean

 

“For me, the DC statement serves as an opportunity  to share with the community the facts that were considered and the recommendation that was accepted and what we as a larger community can take away from this moment. Additionally, it is an opportunity to remind everyone that we as community live under a set of expectations, and that sometimes mistakes happen, we face consequences, and we move on as community members.”

- Jose Ruiz, Academic Dean


 

Northfield Mount Hermon School: Usually does not read DC statements

“As for reporting to the school community, you will see in the handbook that we reserve the right to report discipline to the community but in practice, this rarely happens. I see the value of doing this to address the rumor-issue, as well as to allow for others to learn from one another's mistakes. But, for now, we believe that the gains of announcing discipline do not outweigh the potential harm done to the students who who might feel that their privacy is violated in this process.”

- Nicole Hager, Dean of Students


 

Phillips Academy Andover: Does not read DC statements

“We do not share publicly a student’s discipline case because we would like to protect his/her/their privacy. Our process is designed so that students can learn from their mistakes with the support of the adults around them. We see the process as personalized and personal. We seek to educate the community about our values and expectations through our Blue Book and through community conversations.”

- Jennifer Elliott, Dean of Students

 

 

St. Mark’s School: Reads DC statements during all-school meetings

At St. Mark's we announce the results of disciplinary hearings at all-school meetings. This is done, primarily, for two reasons.

1) Such announcements remind students of the rules of our school and potential consequences that can arise when they are broken. 

2) They quell harmful rumors regarding students appearing before the SDC

- David Vachris, Dean of Students and John Warren, Head of School


 

Tabor Academy: Usually does not read DC statements

Tabor does not make official announcements regarding rulings of disciplinary committees, and will make an announcement if it is deemed in the best interest of the school and it’s students.

- Mel Bride, Dean of Students

Created by The Tavern's Cartoonists,

Malik Gaye (Groton School)

Lilly Le (Milton Academy)

Alice Lu (Phillips Academy Andover)

Simon Zylstra (St. Mark's School)

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