When a student misbehaves in school, they may get suspended, which means they have to stay home from school for a certain amount of time. Schools see it as a punishment so that the kid can "Think about what they've done", but many kids will treat it as some sort of reward since School Is for Losers. It's essentially a free vacation for them and they can do whatever they want. They may even start getting in trouble on purpose just so they can stay home even longer.
How the kid's parents treat the suspension varies. Some won't punish their child and take them to do something fun, especially if they don't care or if the kid was innocent, while other parents may end up punishing them, including giving them chores or grounding them. The student may also have to complete the work that they missed, either during the suspension or after they get back.
Another variation is with getting expelled, with the kid being ecstatic over possibly never having to go to school again. Of course, parents won't let their kids go without education, so they'll either send them to another school or homeschool them.
This has become a Discredited Trope due to schools realizing that sending kids home for misbehaving doesn't work, and instead favor in-school suspensions, which makes getting in trouble not so awesome since students will have to do work all day if they get in trouble.
Anime and Manga
- Played with in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School. Instead of being expelled after blowing up the school gym in a ploy to postpone exams, Nagito is merely suspended because the school deems him too valuable to lose, and several students and faculty are scapegoated and given much harsher punishments. Not much is known about what happened during the year-long suspension, though the teachers theorize Nagito went on vacation, and he was, once again, the sole survivor of a plane crash and wound up in an island paradise.
- Robin Series: At several points Tim hopes his punishment for frequently falling asleep in class or outright ditching his morning classes will be suspension as his work as Robin is making him too tired to find school anything but torture and he already knows everything he's being "taught" at school in the subjects he actually cares about.
- Wonder Woman Vol 2: Cassie wishes her rather useless history teacher would punish her with suspension instead of detention for "disrespecting" him in class whenever she answers his questions correctly while he's trying to catch her off guard since she doesn't seem to be paying attention. Coincidentally she and Tim of the Batman mythos are friends and co-founders of the team Young Justice.
- In Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars, Alan gets a long suspension for causing a riot at school by telling everyone he's from Mars. He's first excited, then bored by the suspension, but then his friend Leonard gets an excuse to skip school as well. They use the time to have exciting adventures in the City of Adventure Hogboro, where they meet aliens and learn to travel through dimensions.
- The Bridge of Clay: Middle brother Rory hates school with all his heart and does things like throwing grapes at a teacher to get suspended. While suspended, he goes with his eldest brother Matthew to work, which he likes very much — and when Rory finally gets expelled, he promptly finds a job and is finally happy.
- The title character of Selkie is suspended for a week when she kicks a bully in the groin in self-defense. She's initially upset about it, but when told that suspended means that she has to stay home from school, she is ecstatic. The principal isn't pleased, saying that it isn't supposed to be a reward. Todd, of course, doesn't punish Selkie because she was only defending herself, while the bully's parents threaten the principal into revoking their kid's suspension.
Georgie: Dude! I wonder if we get a week off PER KID?!Selkie: Let's finds outs!Paul: Kids, if y'all actually kick anyone, I'm just giving you triple homework instead.
- In "Jeffy Gets Bullied!," Jeffy gets suspended for beating up Bully Bill. When Mario tells him that he has to stay home for a week, he's happy about it, saying that he should have gotten himself suspended a long time ago.
- Similarly, in "Jeffy Gets Expelled!," after being expelled for fighting too many times (as well as being placed under house arrest due to Bully Bill pressing charges), Jeffy is thrilled that he doesn't have to go to school anymore. He gets upset when told he has to go back after putting his ankle bracelet on Bully Bill and causing him to blow up.
- American Dragon: Jake Long: Discussed, played straight and subverted. In "Being Human," Brad pranks Professor Rotwood with an exploding cake near the end of the term. He's suspended for it, leading Trix and Spud to question the act's effectiveness. Jake, who is seriously struggling under the weight of his responsibilities, is inspired to do the same to the Dragon Council so he can get some time off. However, their suspension leaves him temporarily powerless, which inevitably makes things go wrong when Councillor Chang attacks.
- Invoked in Beavis And Butthead episode "No Laughing", in which Principal McVicker initially suspends the moronic duo for a week for constantly disrupting classes with laughter, but when they announce that being suspended is "cool" and start air-guitaring, McVicker changes his mind and goes with something more effective.
- Defied in the Bob's Burgers episode "Thelma and Louise Except Thelma is Linda." Louise is given in-school suspension for pantsing a bully, with Mr. Frond acknowledging that kids usually see getting sent home from school as a reward rather than a punishment.
- In the Clarence episode "Suspended," Clarence and Sumo get suspended for pulling a prank on Ms. Baker. While they initially take the opportunity to goof off and have fun, they quickly get bored.
- In one episode of The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, George and Harold try to get suspended after another student compares it to a vacation. They get their wish in the end, but the fun is short-lived; their parents are naturally upset with this and end up punishing them.
- Played with in the Hey Arnold! episode, "Suspended"; After receiving a D on his test, Harold decides that he hates school so much that he wishes that he'd never had to go again. When he sees Wolfgang get suspended for playing with the fire extinguisher, he tries to do the same, but by this point, the extinguisher is empty and Principal Wartz thinks he's reminding him to refill it. After Harold calls Wartz a stupid dork in frustration, Wartz suspends him for a week. At first, he thinks being suspended will be fun, since he doesn't have to go to school and can do whatever he wants at home. However, everything backfires on him; when he tries to watch some TV, the only thing on all channels is news coverage of an economic summit in Japan, which Harold finds very boring. When he goes to the basketball court to shoot baskets, he realizes that he can't invite his friends because they're still at school. He then tries to shoot baskets by himself, but he can't score a hit in the basket and accidentally tosses the ball out of the court, where it bounces off of and damages several cars offscreen. Harold finally understands the true misery of his punishment and is desperate to return to school.
- The Replacements: In "A Clockwork Buzz," Todd frames Buzz, leading to him getting suspended for a month. After spending the episode faking being traumatized and brainwashed to get Todd to confess, Buzz admits that he spent his suspension watching TV and eating beans. Todd shrugs, looking forward to doing the same, but the principal makes him do community service for the month instead.