Tell High School Principal to Commend, not Punish, Student Cyclists

Target: Kenowa Hill High School Principal, Katharine Pennington

Goal: Issue a public comment recognizing the positive aspects of students’ decision to bike to school.

65 Kenowa Hill High School seniors in Walker, MI were suspended for biking to school on their last day of classes. The principal’s decision, plus her threats to ban the students from walking on graduation day, reflect the negative attitude many in this country have towards biking. Let’s urge Principal Pennington to recognize the positive aspects of a senior bike ride.

Last Monday, more than 100 students participated in a 3-mile bike ride to school as a way to celebrate their last day of high school. The principal, however, viewed the ride as a severe safety risk, citing traffic delays and disruption. She admonished the students and issued 64 suspensions, causing both students and parents to issue complaints.

The bike ride was conceived as a creative alternative to the traditional senior prank or senior skip day. Students organized a police escort for the large group, gathered together with enthusiasm, supported by their parents and even the mayor, who greeted the students with treats. Though the students did cause delays, they found a way to promote group solidarity and carbon-free transportation options. They should receive praise for biking that morning rather than simply pulling fire alarms to get out of class.

By signing the petition below, you are urging Kenowa High to publicly support the bike ride as a healthy, team-building and safe activity that could be re-organized in the future.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Principal Katharine Pennington,

I am writing to express my disappointment of your decision to suspend 65 Kenowa Hill High School seniors for biking to school on their last day of classes. Your decision, plus your threats to ban the students from walking on graduation day, reflect the negative attitude of many in this country towards biking.

The bike ride was conceived as a creative alternative to the traditional senior prank or senior skip day. Students organized a police escort for the large group, gathered together with enthusiasm, supported by their parents and even the mayor, who greeted the students with treats. Though the students did cause delays, they found a way to promote group solidarity and carbon-free transportation options. They should receive praise for biking that morning rather than simply pulling fire alarms to get out of class.

I look forward to hearing Kenowa High School issue a public comment supporting the bike ride as a healthy, team-building and safe activity that could be re-organized in the future.

Sincerely

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Joyce Petrosky says:

    At a time when the economy is causing cutbacks in services, gas prices are high and of all the concerns, obesity is nationwide. Riding a bike to school in a trade off to some crazy stunt is a wonderful idea and they are to be commended. If only more students nationwide were as wise and creative. Shame on the principal for making it an issue when it should be applauded.

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