December 4 pg.289-299
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I think Paul's punishment fits into one of the themes of this story: the alienation and huge disconnect between adults and teens. The principal had no clue why Paul did what he did and, had she bothered to find out, probably would not have the empathy to temper her decision. Expelling Paul was simply her process to validate the school's policy and her own position. I think Paul should have gotten the same punishment as his two friends.