Six-year-old Suspended for Bringing Beloved Cub Scout Fork/Spoon/Knife To School.
That’s about all you need to know. Oh — and now he has to be homeschooled for 45 days (no problem for any parent to suddenly take off a couple months of work, right?). Or he can go to reform school.
I guess with all the other bloodthirsty Cub Scouts.
Read all about it here, in this New York Times article. But basically, I think you can guess what transpired. A little Delaware boy, thrilled with his new scouting utensil, brought it to school to use it to eat his lunch. Officials suspended him under the “zero tolerance” policy for “weapons.”
Which apparently is bureaucratese for “zero tolerance for common sense.”
While there seems to be some regret on the part of Delaware, where state legislators have tried to make disciplinary decisions a bit more flexible (but didn’t quite finish the job), the president of the school board told the Times, “There is no parent who wants to get a phone call where they hear that their child no longer has two good seeing eyes because there was a scuffle and someone pulled out a knife.”
That is indisputably true. But no parent wants to get a call to hear their child is going to a school where the president of the board cannot distinguish between “Show and Tell” and Saw IV.
The kid’s mom started a site, Help Zachary, where you can sign a petition saying what needs to be said…except in much more polite language.
“Zero Tolerance” has resulted in crazy things in other districts, too. In Baltimore, for instance, 10,000 kids have been suspended thanks to that policy. Time to stick a spork in it. — Lenore