LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CNN) – One strict rule at an Arkansas Parochial high school is going viral nationwide after someone posted it on Facebook.
It’s the second day of school and senior Patrick Wingfield is already hard at work in class.
He knows just what is expected of him in his final year at Catholic High School for Boys, but as a freshman, he wasn’t sure.
“I had ideas and then during the opening pep rally and initiation, the principal addressed the whole student body and let us know the rules,” Wingfield said.
While they may be strict, Patrick says he’s gotten used to them.
“It was kind of a shock, but after a couple years here I understood why that it was a rule.”
It’s one rule that has gone viral on social media.
“We put a sign up on the front door to not only alert new parents but as a reminder of why we’re doing it,” Steve Straessle , Principal of Catholic High School for Boys, said.
Straessle had this picture posted on the Catholic High School for Boys Facebook page last week:
“It’s simply to help boys avoid the default switch of calling mom and dad when things don’t go right to come bail them out.”
Parens were sounding off on Facebook saying “give kids a break.” Others, supporting the principal, wrote “you learn by taking responsibility, not by escaping it.”
That’s what Straessle says is the whole goal of the school.
Patrick agres with that.
“It will help me think for myself and not rely on other people to do things for me and if I make a mistake I need to learn from it and try to fix it.”
The principal says that rule has actually been in effect for years, but this is the first time a sign has been posted to remind parents.