In other zero tolerance nonsense, some educators around the country are being scared by plastic Hello Kitty bubble guns, Pop Tarts bitten into something like the shape of a gun, and toy World War II soldiers on top of cupcakes. Some parents say that zero tolerance policies enforced without common sense make a mockery of the real issue of school safety. Stripping little boys of their masculine tendency to engage in military play is harmful, not helpful. When school administrators take zero tolerance to these extremes, they become fear-mongering strangers to common sense rather than responsible adults looking out for the safety of all students.
And it's not just boys who are the victims of zero tolerance silliness. In a California school, an 11-year-old girl was suspended for doing cartwheels and handstands during lunchtime.
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