jsaltsman27 5pts I believe the punishments in both cases were very harsh and should be adjusted. The rise of gangs in any society is always a fear and when the authority is not properly trained then it can easily grow out of control. They need to make clear to their students what kind of gestures are and are not allowed, and stick by those. I know we had the same rules in effect and regardless of race, grade or disability the same punishment applied. If we are investing in our kids, how to live by the rules and laws outside of school, ignorance of the law does not excuse the crime or erase the punishment.