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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nanny State

So there is this 6 year old kid in Delaware named Zachary who brought his camping utensils to school to use with his lunch. His school has succumbed to the leftist, pacifist view of life by adopting zero tolerance policies regarding the possession of potential weapons on campus. Six-year old Zachary's camping utensils had a knife included with them. Bad news for Zach. A teacher discovered the camping utensils and now Zach has become the tortured victim of lazy, undiscerning bureaucrats. He is slated to be moved to a reform school ("reform school?" Like in the 1950s?) with hardened, gang banging thugs.

More HERE.

Two things struck me when I read that story. My first reaction is that I bet women run the administration around that place. And lo and behold I was right. The superintendent is a woman and the "supervisor of school climate and discipline" (huh?) is also a woman. Surprisingly, neither one has a hyphenated last name.

Then secondly, have any of these people considered the fact that rulers, plastic notebooks, lunch boxes, pencils and pens are potential weapons? I mean, think Joker in the Dark Knight and his disappearing pencil trick.

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Blogger Craig and Heather said...

My first reaction is that I bet women run the administration around that place.

What, you don't think that women should be able to be all they can be?

Actually, I know someone who teaches in a private Christian school and she once told me that there does seem to be an odd bent for women public school teachers to have a penchant for picking on little boys and being more harsh when disciplining them. Apparently, some of the little guys who transfer to the private school show up really beaten down and insecure.

So much for the feminist mantra of "equality for all" :(


11:39 AM, October 13, 2009  
Blogger Joe Blackmon said...

Ok, here's my question--Did the parent's allow him to take the knife to school? If so, suspend his little butt. His folks should teach him to obey the rules. If not, I can see letting him off with a warning.

4:46 PM, October 13, 2009  
Blogger The Squirrel said...

At my 25th high school reunion last July, several of us were talking about how we used to all have (loaded) rifles in the gun racks of our pick-up trucks in the high school parking lot, because we were going hunting after school. Nobody thought anything about it.

I wonder what the relative assault and death rates are for pocket knives (banned, but not really all that dangerous) and baseball bats (not banned, but a much better choice for a weapon, imho)?

(Especially those aluminum "assault" bats, with no sporting purpose...)


6:20 PM, October 13, 2009  
Blogger P.D. Nelson said...

So here's my take on this: Zach is a six year old boy. If he's taking camping equipment to school in order to eat his lunch its all right. Zero tolerance policies don't solve anything.

This is another example of how we have allowed the mantra of "keeping the children safe" to result in stupid rules. To re-coin a phrase what the public school system needs is a good enema.

6:35 PM, October 13, 2009  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

It's more than just a suspension, the administration has suggested he be removed from school and be placed into an alternative school that is reserved for hardcore delinquents.

Even if he did break the rules, even purposefully, the sensible thing to have had done is take the utensils, send him to class, and call the parents. The over reaction of zero policies are absurd and defy all common sense and logic, all for the purpose of presenting a phony pacifist atmosphere.

6:47 PM, October 13, 2009  
Blogger DJP said...

No hyphens?

That is surprising.

7:22 AM, October 14, 2009  
Blogger Joe Blackmon said...


For the most part I agree with you. I'm all for punishing him if his folks in fact did know he was bringing the swiss army knife or whatever because rules are rules even if they are written by liberal bedwettin' commies. As long as they don't violate scripture, you play by the rules. Sending him to the equivilant of school Fort Knox is probably over the top.

By the way, do you know Danny Woods or Byron Yawn from your time at TMS?

10:12 AM, October 14, 2009  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

I know "Boo" (Byron), but I am more of an acquaintance. I know a lot of folks who attend his church.

10:31 AM, October 14, 2009  
Blogger Joe Blackmon said...

My family is currently visiting that church. Like as not we'll end up joining.

11:48 AM, October 14, 2009  
Blogger steve said...

Joe Blackmon said...

"Rules are rules."

Do rules exist for their own sake? Is a rule an end in itself? Shouldn't we distinguish between good rules and dumb rules? Are we all slaves to man-made rules, however inane?

This mentality actually teaches the young to disrespect authority. To have contempt for authority. If adults act like idiots, then young people will be unable to take them seriously. Zero tolerance and other loony left policies undermine legitimate authority by the abuse of authority. If we want to teach the young to respect authority, then the authorities need to act respectably.

7:49 AM, October 15, 2009  

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