A friend of my son, was in a class where there was something stuck in a computer
keyboard. he pulled out his pocket knife, opened it, extracted the offending
debris, closed and repocketed his knife, and was promptly suspended for having a
'weapon' at school. In his family's business, a pocket knife was
every bit as much a tool as a pen or pencil. No one was ever threatened by him.
No one even knew he had this 'tool' until he used it to help others
in the class. This was due to a "zero tolerance policy" utilized by the
school. Fortunatley, cooler heads prevailed and he was reinstated and finished
his education. It could just as easily have gone either way.
ShimlauThat is a perfect example on why zero tolerance policies
simply don't work in the real world. As a teacher I see things like this
happen often and I just shake my head.
Schools should move away from these zero tolerance policies on students.They should implement them against teachers who physically assault and
bully students. The case recently of the teacher attacking a 6 year old student
in the hallway (on camera) is a prime example. If a teacher assaults a student,
they should be in jail for it. Not protected.My daughter was drug
down the hall at Clearfield high by a teacher because she forgot to take out a
lip piercing. I contacted the Vice Prinicipal and the whole thing ended up
being swept under the rug. It was all I could do to not go in their and
confront the guy myself. I don't discipline my kids with
physical force, so I would never stand for some stranger doing it either....