Critics See Wasted Time in Punishment of Tardy Students

Patricia Cavala's school day had gotten off to a sluggish start. 
The 17-year-old said she had arrived just three minutes late at Roosevelt High School in 
East Los Angeles after missing the bus one morning. She was sent to the "tardy room" for 
the rest of the period, and instructed to write repeatedly: "I will not be late to school.... " 

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