Here are the first two paragraphs from the most emailed story for today from the NY Times.
NEWARK, Del. — Finding character witnesses when you are 6 years old is not easy. But there was Zachary Christie last week at a school disciplinary committee hearing with his karate instructor and his mother’s fiancé by his side to vouch for him.
Zachary’s offense? Taking a camping utensil that can serve as a knife, fork and spoon to school. He was so excited about recently joining the Cub Scouts that he wanted to use it at lunch. School officials concluded that he had violated their zero-tolerance policy on weapons, and Zachary was suspended and now faces 45 days in the district’s reform school.
Impressive, isn't it? I don't know whether to cry or curse. Being me, I did both.
And no, it had nothing to do with the Times starting a sentence with a conjunction.
I'm all lathered one more time over these stupid-on-a-stick zero tolerance rules, designed specifically to make us look good on the surface while serving only to illuminate the plummeting depths of our stupidity.
Has there been one reasonable instance of any zero tolerance rule? No, there has not. Such rules are purely an exercise of form over function. They serve no purpose in making our world better, and they generally only serve to make our world more miserable...and to demonstrate the depth of the American inane.
Even SCOTUS was involved last summer regarding the strip search of a young girl for drugs. What was her offense? Tylenol.
I could just spit.
I ask people to exercise their expert judgment on a daily basis. Could we not ask the same of school administrators, assuming they can, or do I need to step over there to offer some instruction?
Perhaps the training to become a school administrator should include my cell phone number and the instruction: Call Jim when in doubt.
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