Zero-Tolerance Policies Should Not Be in Schools

Some of my readers may recall my article Scotus: Child`s Rights Violated By Strip Search about a school in Safford, Arizona where school officials, invoking a zero-tolerance policy regarding drugs, strip-searched a female student for drugs after discovering she had some Ibuprofen pain pills on her person.

Then there was my article describing the lunacy of certain school administrators who suspended 4- and 5-year olds for 'sexual harassment' where a hug was interpreted as an inappropriate sexual contact under their zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual harassment.

Now I learn (with a tip of the turban Hat Tip to Always On Watch) that a Spotsylvania, Virginia High School student was expelled for possession and use of a weapon. The weapon? Under that school's zero-tolerance policy - a pea shooter (1).

In my article US Schools Ban Looking at Anyone I wrote:

What kind of sick pervert thinks young children should be charged with sexual harassment for hugging? What we need in this country is for our young children to hug each other more, otherwise they will have no outlet for their emotions other than coming to school one day with a gun and blasting everyone in sight, which now I am beginning to understand more and more each passing day.

And so here we have our children growing up fearful of horseplay, hugging, kissing, carrying Advils, and just plain being children. Zero-tolerance policies are great for nuclear reactors and space launches or where hundreds of lives can be lost. Zero-tolerance policies applied to children where minor, innocent, trivial, and harmless acts are interpreted as extreme criminal behaviors are only worthy of backward, brutal, barbaric Muslim societies which produce frustrated, repressed, angry young men who fly into buildings and kill people.



Washington Post, 1 Feb 2011, , Plastic pellet incident at Va. school ends in expulsion, assault charges

Spotsylvania High School student Andrew Mikel II, 14, blew these pellets at students. Andrew Mikel II admits it was a stupid thing to do. In December, bored and craving attention, the 14-year-old used a plastic tube to blow small plastic pellets at fellow students in Spotsylvania High School. In one lunch period, he scored three hits.


The federal Gun-Free Schools Act mandates that schools expel students who take weapons, including hand guns, explosive devices and projectile weapons, to school. E-mail traffic among school officials showed they ruled that Mikel's plastic tube, which was fashioned from a pen casing, met the definition of a projectile weapon because it was "used to intimidate, threaten or harm others."

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