This art teacher, mere months away from retirement from a a Long Island school, has been placed on administrative leave after breaking a school policy.

When a student approached her, grieving the loss of two friends in rapid succession and seeking comfort, she took the student off campus to a nearby coffee shop. Based on the descriptions of the event by the teacher, the student and the parents, the teacher was clearly acting out of empathy and at the behest of the student. She seems to have done nothing wrong.

But now, after years of service without incident, she's being punished because of the school's policy against accompanying students off-campus. Others in the community have made strides toward exonerating this teacher from her seemingly unwarranted charges.

What do you think? Should the school make an exception for such an unusual and benign circumstance, or should they stay firm on their rules?


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