Mr. Nowakowski is the superintendant of Morton West High School in Berwyn, Illinois. Last week, a number of students held a sit-in in the cafeteria to protest the war in Iraq.
Note: Mr. Nowakowski's district office is in Cicero, IL.
Mr. Nowakowski intends to make an example of the protesters.
Detentions?? That's so 80's.
Suspensions?? That's for sissies.
Nope, he's a tough, law-and-order type.
He wants to expel 25 of them, permanently barring them from school.
Chicago Sun-Times coverage here.
The interestingly ironic part of all this? The anti-war protest was used as an excuse to "lock-down" the school, the same school, where just last month (October 15), Mr. Nowakowski refused to "lock-down" the same school when a student brought a gun to school.
Chicago Tribune coverage of that incident here.
The most ironic quote from that story -
"Most students act very responsible every day, and intruding on their personal freedoms becomes a concern," he said. "We don't want to turn the building into a prison for students."
A press release from the parents of the students, via CommonDreams.org, is here.
A Nowkowski/school district press release on the protest is here.
A follow up article to the gun incident is here.