Presumably, there is a policy in place regarding fighting, especially
with physical contact, which would have punitive consequences. An
apology to the artists (perhaps written) would satisfy the situation of
the damaged artwork. If the art teacher who fixed the artwork feels her
time has been infringed upon, then logical consequences would require
the fighting students to do some work for the art teacher to repay her
time. I can't think that money would ever exchange hands in a case like
this nor do I think it is a very good solution. Who is Christy Hedman
and where did this happen? Also, what age students?
From: christy hedman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2007 7:13 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] damaged student art
Do any districts have policies for damaged student
art? I had 3 pieces of art work when 2 girls fought in
a hallway causing a display case door to fall onto the
art. It could have been much much worse than it was.
All the damaged pieces were easily repaired. When I
spoke to administration I was told that it was
considered "school property" and we could only charge
the girls the cost of repairing the art. It took a
glue stick and a tiny bit of acrylic paint to fix
(less than a $1). He suggested I put a value on the
work and the girls could pay that. I guess we've
always had the discussion of how to value art work,
but I'm stuck here. I was so angry that there would be
no reprocussion for these girls' thoughtless
actions. I walked away saying " I guess they just
became million dollar art works. I'll be back to
discuss this with you later!" It's so disheartening
what it says about the administration...
any suggestions?? THoughts? Policies?