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Posted at 6:30 AM ET, 01/14/2010

Saturday detention at Langley H.S.

By Valerie Strauss

The Breakfast Club” it’s not.

Danielle Burger, executive editor of the Saxon Scope, the student newspaper at Langley High School in McLean, Va., makes that clear in a story about kids ordered into Saturday detention.

While the influential 1985 movie told a story about a bunch of kids who talk and bond during detention, Langley’s detention on Saturday’s is a quiet, solitary affair.

She wrote:

“Students don’t dance around to music and attempt to break out. No sleeping, no talking, no hall privileges, no tardiness--Saturday school is serious business.”

How does someone wind up doing detention on Saturday? Cutting class. Leaving the school grounds. Failing to show up for detentions after school.

The story notes that not all schools have Saturday school, in at least one case because there is no one to staff it.

Read the story to find out what happens if a student breaks a rule on Saturday school, and more.

Then write in the comments below, or to me at theanswersheet@washpost.com about what your school or your child’s school does around detentions. What sends a student to detention and what happens there?

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By Valerie Strauss  | January 14, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  Fairfax County Public Schools, Student Life  | Tags:  detention  
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