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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Though some schools' disciplinary styles might raise some viewers' eyebrows, overall, students are expected to follow rules and take responsibility for their actions. The students featured are primarily Caucasian, but African-American and Latino students are occasionally visible. One of the principals is African-American.
Violence & Scariness
At one school, students can choose between Saturday detention and receiving corporal punishment. A student is heard crying out when being paddled by the principal, but the actual paddling isn't shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One class clown gets suspended for dancing provocatively, pinching his nipples in class, and complimenting his female teacher inappropriately. Other discussions about appropriate/inappropriate behavior and contact at school dances, etc.
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Students sometimes speak inappropriately to authority figures. Some kids use words like "suck" and "crap." Occasional stronger curse words like "s--t" are bleeped out.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One student is suspended for smoking on campus, but he also chooses to attend counseling to ease his nicotine addiction. Potential for discussions about drinking and drug use among underage teens.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although the discipline problems addressed in this reality series -- which documents how various high school principals manage their schools -- are generally rather mild and relatable for teens (being late to class, text messaging during school hours, etc.), occasionally more serious issues like smoking come up. One principal gives students the choice of accepting Saturday detention or corporal punishment -- an option that won't sit well with all viewers. In the same episode, a student can be heard crying out when being hit by the paddle, but the punishment isn't shown. Students sometimes mouth off to authority figures (the occasional swear words, like "s--t," are bleeped out).
Is It Any Good?
Overall, the series offers a rather sanitized version of what many principals deal with on a daily basis. While many of the student offenses the adminstrators deal with are minor infractions, others are potentially more problematic (for example, one principal discovers that a student is chronically late to class due to a growing addiction to menthol cigarettes). Some of the students' reactions to being disciplined for their actions are mildly entertaining, but other teens become belligerent or disrespectful when they have to face authority figures or are forced to face the consequences of their actions.
The administrators are quick to point out that they expect students to be respectful and learn to take responsibility for their actions. But some of their disciplinary styles raise questions, too. Some principals rely solely on black and white rules to deal with what are sometimes complex behavioral issues, and at least one uses corporal punishment. But despite these issues, these high school overseers make a point of requiring students to learn that to every action there is a consequence, and that rules are not made to be broken. Bottom line? Not only may teens (and even some mature older tweens) enjoy this show, but they might also learn a thing or two about staying out of trouble, too.
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