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A Pennsylvania school is ordering students to smile — or get sent to the office. Northern Lebanon School District students in Pennsylvania must smile while walking in the hallways, according to a report.

Students must smile or be punished, according to the Lebanon Daily News.

The rule has not yet been written into school policy, but it is being strictly enforced by assistant high school principal Benjamin Wenger, according to the report.

Jean Gundrum pulled her 15-year-old daughter Julianna Gundrum out of the school since the policy was instated.

“If you don’t (smile) you get called to the office or down to see your guidance counselor,” she told the Lebanon Daily News. “You have to talk about your problems then. You have to or you get detention,” she said.

Gundrum said the school has ignored reports of bullying and harassment. But Superintendent Erik Bentzel denied the claims.

“We fully investigate every report of bullying,” he said. “But, we can’ tell (both sets of parents) about the consequences — I can’t talk to (a parent) about another (parent’s) child,” he said, according to the Lebanon Daily News.

  • Luv Pitties

    The fact they are threatening kids with detention simply for not smiling is bullying in and of itself.

  • MsVAllDay

    Agreed!

  • Quitedeliteful

    I’d like to know just how old the principal and other school administrators are because they sound really dumb. Is this a first year principal tryna be the educational savior?? Probably took a training class that says children should smile more…

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I would always be called I’m not a heavy smiling person. Never was.

  • Guest

    What in the Stepford Wives bullsh$t is this?

  • thrift.store.jungle

    what in the stepford wives/ wayward pines hell is going on here? i never understood forced smiles. could be that i generally have RBF tho. have your face look how it looks and smile when and if u feel like it. what message is this sending to the students? suppression of feelings for the purposes of keeping up appearances…

    this school administrator sounds foolish.

  • DroneRivers

    What an idiotic rule. I can’t see that being made into an actual policy. It’s scary that an adult actually even thought it up and is having it enforced. Does he drive down the highway grinning from ear to ear?

  • MissHarlem

    So you bully children to express an emotion to counteract the bullying?! I don’t speak or comprehend stupid so I’m not sure I quite understand this reasoning ?

  • MoniquetheGeek

    This school district is TRASH!

    “The teachers who spoke to Lebanon Daily News asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation from the school district.”

    “Wenger – who has been accused of throwing around a sex toy in the office during school hours (along with High School Principal Jennifer Hassler and Middle School Principal Brad Reist)”

    “Principal Hassler actually told me that maybe I need to raise my children better and that she felt my daughter was the bully. She asked if I was sure that it’s not my daughter causing the issue”

    The resource officer said, ‘We need to handle this. This can’t go on anymore,’” Gundrum said. “Principal Hassler interrupted him and said, ‘We are not punishing anybody. Can’t you just see if you can get over it. We need to teach our children to be the solution and not the problem.’”

    “Teachers also claimed that administrators will discipline any student who questioned the principal’s authority. If a student says anything to Hassler – if they question her or stand up to her – she will discipline them. The administrators will pick on minor details with some students – minor dress code violations, for example – but completely ignore bullying incidents, according to the teachers.”

    “When I heard there was hazing on children – little boys being made to do vulgar, vile things (to this toy) – I reached for a barf bag.”

    “One girl was touched on her buttocks by another student…Her parents told her to tell the principal, but when she did so Hassler told the student she should get a tighter sports bra and stop wearing jeggings, the parent said…The girl was 12 at the time of the incident.”

  • Dr. P

    Let’s see how many lawsuits come from this. Scholastic bullying at it’s finest. If my child doesn’t feel like smiling and they’re not acting out, phuck your detention!!!

  • Music

    I would unenroll my kid from the school. Not even the happiest person in the world smiles all the time. Humans have a range of emotions. The thought of walking down the hall, and everyone is forcibly showing all of their teeth is creepy in itself.

  • dontgetblocked

    Many years ago, I was advised to smile a lot or always have a pleasant look on my face. This piece of advice has served me well as a black woman. We’re known for looking evil. This is a good rule but I think the kids should be rewarded not punished.

  • FukkFolks2018

    True story…my oldest daughter got fired from a very nice receptionist gig from a huge local law firm…for not smiling. Said she seemed unhappy. They let her go. I kept asking what did she do to get herself canned. She was like no, really ma. Then paperwork came to the house. It was listed as to why. She was in college. Some folks truly cannot help permanent RBF.

  • the guest

    The school is doing this for image purposes.

    They want to present the school as a cheery happy perfect place and are forcing the children to smile to keep up appearances. It’s possible the school is under some sort scrutiny but not telling the parents.

    I saw a documentary about the dictator of N. Korea and he forces the people to look happy.

  • stav

    This is America!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    wtf??!!!! they want stepford students?!

    same sh^# i deal w/at work sometimes…. smile for WHAT??!! and who’s sitting around grinning at their computer monitor when they’re working: bish i’m working and THINKING! ….i got resting-bish-face, deal with it!!!!

    i cain’t with this mess… they got bullying problems going unaddressed, but want to aggressively enforce a ‘smile policy’ on these kids???????? i swear i hate humans, smh…

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    “a” class is right! i hate stupid people, lawd ham mercy!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i just typed this before i got to the comments!!! this some b.s.!

  • MissHarlem

    My issue since birth ? niece is in good company fck that law firm

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    VERY creepy!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    can’t and won’t! me and all my sisters got it. we nice girls and both my parents, us and the chirren love to laugh, but we just not into all that grinning at nothing all the time (for the sake of ‘others’)… fugg folks.
    my baby sis had a coon boss who kept on her about smiling. she finally asked her what she wanted her to do, break into a buck dance like chicken george when she stepped in the lobby?????

    bish don’t look!

  • Logan Roberts

    I would go to detention everyday in that case. Everyday somebody at work or in the streets asking what’s wrong? Me: nothing but minding my damn business.

  • Guess Who

    How ironic…

  • MsPam

    This country is a mess, that’s why we deserve Trump as President.

  • Luv Pitties

    Oh I am sure this school is under scrutiny however what if that child is being bullied by another student or being abused at home, the issues are heavy on their mind and they don’t want to smile and to punish them with for not misbehaving or not violating the handbook is past ridiculous. I am going to try to look and see if this smiling nonsense is in their handbook now.

  • Renee26

    ???

  • Renee26

    ??? Dead

  • Renee26

    Gasps …where did you find this tea

  • Coy little wink

    A lot of people are afflicted with resting bitch face….including myself. Don’t project your insecurities on us ?

  • Guest©

    Stepford kids

  • Alicia.Ashe

    You’re white. Nice try tho.

  • Rayne

    Looks like I’m honestly going to be home schooling my little one. Between the teachers fawking around with the kids and all this dumb shyt….this is what I’m leaning more towards.

  • Rayne

    Right. Kids have off days just like adults. Forcing them to smile doesn’t diminish the other problems going on with them st home or otherwise

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Stupidity at its finest.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    ‘Nee! this thing got me in my feelings… even as a little girl, my mama friends always commenting on me not smiling (I had early childhood resting-bish-face, smh)… i’m looking at them like, bish did you come to see her or ME?! …need to mind yo damn business ’cause that lady your husband brought to the cookout last week wasn’t really his ‘cousin’… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/16192fdc61f10ea0e85c64a5c68ffcada626e5c7a9764a7592d68ef5a33dfbcb.gif

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    WHAT??!!!!

  • Renee26

    I’m Dying!! ??? I have it too

  • Rayne

    Ooh lawd let it would’ve been ME Jesus!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    What kind of militant shyt is this …. ? telling kids how to express an emotion or else . . Da fawk is this Sandra

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile …. Like seriously

  • pure_rachet

    Even when you are happy and feeling good yaint gotta smile. That shat hurts!! I’d be in the halls frowning all day long and have pops get up in that school principal‘s entire azz!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Good option … Mines will be working on that now … Had it with these schools … Got so bad for my azz I didn’t want to do anything for Lil J school …. Wouldn’t buy the class shyt and I have never been like that… My child ungrateful azz teacher chile …. Schools piss you off smh

  • pure_rachet

    Trans-emotional policy lol

  • Wayup!

    They just preparing these little m************ for the corporate world dat all… Can’t tell you how many times I got called in the office at work . because I didn’t look”happy” igga please…??

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    RBF right chere ? and I am so lovable fugg folks ?

  • pure_rachet

    I need an open post to discuss the Dolezal documentary

  • Alextra Ballard

    Smdh….somebidy needs to inform the school system what their doing is bullying. That’s straight intimidation. That’s what bullyng is. Wdf. Making kids smile even though they may not be in the mood. Ither you smile or get sent to the principal office. How dumb can one school system be.

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  • Roxie Moxie

    There isn’t enough information in this write up to even really make a comment. I mean, what is the purpose of having the kids smile in the hallways? Is this to prevent bullying? (because I saw that it was mentioned).

    Do they think that if they put on a facade, then this will make them feel as if these kids don’t have any problems or issues? I mean, I can make stuff up all day…lol

  • FukkFolks2018

    Me and her dad can say SHE HONESTLY has it. Like we not cape’n for her at ALL. She used to get talked to about it in school, church, extra curric. activities. She has never just broke out into a smile just bc. And be upset folks be like ohhh whats wrong. She gets REALLY irritated by that. Its nothing wrong…dis how I LOOK

  • FukkFolks2018

    I just yelped so loud at this my bf jumped. LAWD

  • FukkFolks2018

    Lets do it. Rachael is a damn it nutcase but I can finally see that she absolutely believes she is black. She is picking up struggles she wasnt even BORN with to feel somehow connected. Paul Mooney said everybody wants to be a nigga but nobody wants to BE a nigga. Well she truly wants to be one. Like I never believed it til I saw that docu. I aint never seen shit like it

  • pure_rachet

    I feel like she was kinda forced to identify as black by default. With all those adopted black siblings, then going on to get custody of one of her black brothers. The abuse prob made her want to be opposite of her white parents, plus had to teach her siblings and kids black culture. Maybe she got too immersed? No doubt she was wrong for lying but she did do great things in her life.

  • the guest

    The school is wrong for this forcing the kids to smile under threat of punishment. Are they kidding? That’s treating a school like a dictatorship. It’s not natural to smile all the time. Everyone has a resting face. Children smile naturally from within and it should not be under the threat of punishment.

  • Lady Elle

    They should not be forced to smile if they don’t feel like it.

  • Yui

    What’s this dystopian sheez, right here? You can’t force someone to smile, like wth??? This sounds like A Handmaid’s Tale— oh goodness!

  • zero options

    This is probably an excuse to distract everyone from the sex toy incident.
    http://www.witf.org/news/2018/05/midstate-school-board-member-resigns-in-protest-over-sex-toy-scandal.php

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    See, this is the kind of dumb stuff that causes my allergies to flare up. ?

  • RealATLPeach36

    These are the most depress suicidal killing ass kids I’ve seen in my lifetime. Hell maybe a smile for 45 days will force some fu?ing happinesses in their lives.

    Whatever works! Laughter smiling music and food is good for the soul!

  • Ryan

    Well I guess I would’ve stayed in trouble then cause unless I was laughing and talking to somebody I stayed mean mugging.

  • Ryan

    LOL!!

  • Luv Pitties

    I wholeheartedly agree.

  • FukkFolks2018

    AGREE. All of it

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    All my life!

    That’s why I don’t ‘over bother ‘ chirren right to this day… I tell folk, not all chirren looking for attention. Sometimes they want to be left the hail alone… they don’t want their jaws pinched, don’t wanna hug your neck, and don’t want no damn quarter, smh

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    I swear folk make me tired, smh?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Right.
    Get to know a bish before you judge! ???

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile okay ! … ?

  • FukkFolks2018

    THIS! Listen. I cant stand for folks to disturb a quiet ass KID. Irks MY nerbs greatly. My aunt does this.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Testify!
    Same here ….always with the b.s. ‘people don’t know how to approach you’
    Well tell people to approach me ptofessionally, and I guarantee I’ll respond in kind, otherwise …. *blank stare* ?

  • BadAss Will

    Now this is one reason kids are taking weapons to school… We’ll see more of that school soon..

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Leave they lil azz Be! *shakes fist*

  • CookieMobster

    What the hell is this world coming to? How bout make the school so wonderful to attend that they have no choice but to want to smile rather than forcing them to fake the funk? We show as hell don’t need ANY MORE fake ass folks running around out here. Damn

  • SumthinSweeter

    Welp I would have been punished indefinetly. My bitch resting face is legendary.

  • SumthinSweeter

    ???

  • SumthinSweeter

    “They don’t want no damn quarter”. ??

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This is why they say liberalism is a mental disorder. You should see what they’re forcing school children to do in California.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LMAO!!!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Awwwww?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Kids got money! Take your dusty pockets on someplace and let them ALONE.?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ???? chile ROFL

  • http://www.beautyisland.org BeautyIsland.org

    Sounds deeper than it looks. Don’t have to smile to read a book.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    This is the kinda dumb ish that makes ya wanna reach for the tussin.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    OMG! they be dying at work when I say tussin!
    ???

  • J2PC

    Bullying those kids in the form of manipulation & control. Almost how the slave masters insisted that their abused, beaten Africans somehow muster the wherewithal to tap dance or put on a performance for them while being forced to smile & laugh through it all.

  • J2PC

    The bully is teaching the victim to put on a facade. -a forced smile or else!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011
  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Ju would be at home first. Wtf that’s bullying.

  • Say what

    Huh

  • Say what

    I worked and lived in that horrible town for 3.5 years, it is a very racist place, heavily populated with Hispanics, Dominicans, and increasing Haitians, less than 3% black, them other folks are the problem, they called the Spanish folks chickens and blacks ” those people”, I was fascinated with the Amish

  • justlooking
  • sonya murphy

    GTHOH! Kids walk around with burdens too sometimes. If they don’t feel like smiling so what. Just because a person doesn’t smile doesn’t mean there is a problem. Hell give em a reason to smile. Kids deal with a lot of daily pressures. Just like the ones walking round smiling but broken inside. Its hard being a kid these days. leave em the Fawk alone. Rae Rae lil bad a$$ mama might have had to whoop him before school. He aint smiling, Becky might be stressed about a test, she aint smiling. They got sh!T on their lil minds too!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Why are you surprised?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile Backstreet Boys is Back Bytches …. whew …. ? …. ???

  • MyaCompton

    The parents should rally up and have the principal FIRED!!!!! Stupid!! Public schools are going down…smh!!

  • Banka

    This school is about to create a bunch of angry students….

  • Solstice

    ?? This!

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    That was the cure all. That and Fletcher’s Castoria. ?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I was thinking that and realized that is why they have to go speak with someone. But, if someone does not wish to open up, Detention.

  • Luv Pitties

    So far I have checked the district’s website and have not run across a handbook. I checked forms and did not see where a parent/student needs to sign such a form agreeing to this.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    That lady your husband brought to the cookout last week wasn’t really his ‘cousin’? See, I’m going to need you to help me with my asthma prescript copay. Better yet, how ’bout I just send you the whole bill? The tussin ain’t gonna fix this one.??

  • Solstice

    ?…Really??! Out of all things to tackle and implement, they chose this?https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cb4f5077c262a8202d73e8508064ea676adad5985d80ca917080e80b8bd17546.gif

  • Solstice
  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Good thinking.

  • Guest

    lmao!!!

  • Rayne

    Sure is.

  • TOO REAL

    B,S.

  • Missy

    Lawd hammercy…

  • sunni_daze

    It sure af is.

  • Dowoop

    I cant help it either. People are always asking me why I have a screw face or whats wrong and that just how my face is.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    *faints*
    you couldn’t have known, but my mama kept that mess in rotation!

    her: *gives you the once-over* then… come ‘ere… let me smell yo breath…
    me: *sticks out tongue and breathes in her face like she’s a real doctor
    her: go get me that Castoria
    me: (in my 9 y/o mind) f^ck!!! then… *takes 10 full min to go to the medicine cabinet and bring it back*

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5406a067d89d1924f4f9967857b7ca15a701e44524df7514659efb170810c224.gif

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    and don’t you dare explain your God-given countenance to these self-appointed ‘smile police’ LOL!!!

    you no likey, then don’t looky!

  • Trace da Ace

    this is 1000% bullshit and waste of school resources….if kids dont want to smile…then they dont have too…..schools are getting ridiculous now a days….when what they need to worry about is keeping our kids safe and educating them…..

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    chile, folk be worried bout the wrong stuff. our house was the party house. my parents hosted nearly every card party, cookout, crab feast, pig roast, you name it. me and my nosy azz lil sisters knew EXACTLY what was up with each & every one of my parents’ friends & acquaintances. my one sister?! that chick was like a court reporter. she could run down the ‘minutes’ from the last gathering, address old business (who broke up or got back together), and draft the next docket (who brought new booty to the house)… we were too grown, now that i think about it (but they brought it to us – you in our house!) TUH!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    folks be sleepin’ on kids. they miss very little. my ma knew we could connect the dots, so she always shoo’d us away from ‘grown folk business’ ….but after the party got going good and she’d had a few rollin rock beers, she’d get comfortable and we’d start intermittently sending in a rep (under the guise of being hot or thirsty or ‘the baby want you ma’) to gather intel. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a16feb7886870b58e876a7ffc6b264e7419e743bb55ec579123b82d4a427799.gif

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MoniquetheGeek

    It’s in the linked article SR put in the post

  • pure_rachet

    I was sure I would get dragged for that comment. I was really disappointed by the ending and how she ruined her children’s lives by her selfishness though.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    You and your sisters “All up in grown folks bizznezz!” ??

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    I used to start crying and if I gagged or god forbid threw up she give me another dose… just in case. I found out REAL SOON tears don’t git chu now where. Wasting water for nothing. ?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    you better gag whilst keeping your head back and your throat up ’cause you gonna swallow this today lil missy, TUH!

    LOL!!!

  • TheOwley

    I wish I was one of the parents. Some one needs to organize a class action lawsuit. The schools are being run by a bunch of pedophile psychos.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    My mom used to say, “I don’t care/give a damn (Depending on my degree of acting.) if you cry blood, you’re going to take this medicine/swallow this ish” (Again depending on the degree of my fakery) ?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    “degree of acting” ROFL!!!!!!

    yeah, my ma wasn’t big on running to the dr for err lil thing. she kept all dental appts, vaccinations, and such, but a tummy ache? nah, we got ‘in home’ care, LoL!

  • Wayup!

    Grl…..Preachhh

  • Elsa

    Very nice post and really helpful for many students. I would like to share this post with Typical Student.org hope many other students can get help by it.