There’s more on the Henry DeGroot in China story today.
The Boston Globe’s editorial page weighed in saying “the feisty, red-blooded American kid[‘s]…punishment was an overreaction on the part of Newton school officials and a bad lesson all around.”
DeGroot may have violated the student conduct code. And he damaged his school’s relationship with a Chinese counterpart in a worthwhile exchange program. But Newton’s decision to resort to formal discipline went too far. For a moment, school officials seemed to forget which country tolerates free speech and protest.
On the other hand, Globe columnist Joanna Weiss sees it differently….
I respect his anger at the repressive Chinese government. But for jeopardizing a longstanding sliver of Sino-Newton relations? I think it’s OK that DeGroot had to miss his prom.
….DeGroot was clearly self-satisfied with his act of disobedience — like an American superhero, swooping in to save the foreigners — and unconcerned that he might have gotten an innocent Chinese kid in trouble, or jeopardized the future of the exchange.
Maybe not quite a superhero Joanna, in fact, Henry DeGroot told the TAB …
“I honestly didn’t think anyone would see it.”
And then there was this interview on NECN where the North senior said the Newton/China exchange program ‘wasn’t that great’ anyway.