Why this petition matters
Last Friday (April 1st), Malachi Ogwangi and Charlie Da Roza were walking in the science hall when Charlie tried to jump and touch the exit sign by the stairwell. Charlie accidentally broke the sign and moved the pieces from the floor of the hallway to the window sill close to the stairwell. Charlie and Malachi had a meeting with the administration regarding the incident today (April 5th) and the verdict was that they were both given the same punishment with the exception of Charlie paying financial compensation to the school for repairs and damages. However, Malachi only prior touched the ceiling and watched when Charlie accidentally broke the sign. Both were reprimanded today and sentenced to serve a Saturday detention and apologize to maintenance for an action he did not partake in. The administration claimed that by not reporting the incident immediately to the school, he was just as guilty as the person responsible for breaking the sign. This is not an isolated incident and highlights a larger flaw in the disciplinary actions often taken by the administration, with benefits and privileges given to kids with a history of sizable donations or with the school. This petition aims to not only relieve Malachi of his wrongful Saturday detention but also bring attention from the Upper School leadership to the issues listed beforehand.