Mothers, be warned. Calling your child can get them suspended.
I understand fully the need to maintain discipline and show consistency, but this is a situation that deserves an exception. One's family always should be allowed to trump the rules set up by the school. This is not to say that parents should be calling their kids on their cell phones during school hours. Responsible parents know that they should not disturb their children during school. But some circumstances limit how a parent contacts their child. In situations such as these, the school system should be more accomodataing, and work through them on a case-by-case basis.
Unfortunately, this situation could also put this student into summer school; he's struggled with grades all year, and while he has been improving as the year has gone on, this suspension could cost him all of his recent hard work. It is irresponsible for the school to apply this punishment at this point in the year, and should suspend the punishment until the beginning of next year.
I'd prefer not to go into this on Mother's Day, but this was, in part, good news. To many people, their mothers are still very important. Happy Mother's Day to all.
Hat tip to Matt Drudge.