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Friday, May 16, 2014

More Zero-Tolerance Incidents

Efforts to keep children safe in schools have led to some ridiculous consequences, and here are couple of new examples. You can make up your own mind about how significant they are.

In Columbus, Ohio, a school hearing officer upheld the suspension of a fifth-grader named Nathan Entingh who pretended his finger was a gun in class and pointed his finger at another student. Nathan was suspended for three days from Devonshire Elementary school. The principal said Nathan's hand had become a "look-alike firearm." The hearing officer upheld the suspension but changed the offense to committing a "volatile act". The boy's grandfather said he will appeal the ruling to the school board.

A high school student named David Duren-Sanner in Montgomery County Maryland ought to be spending his time applying to college and filling out scholarship applications, but instead he's wondering if he's ever be able to graduate from high school. That's because he drove his father's car to school, he gave permission for the authorities to conduct a random search of cars, which he did not object to because he had nothing to hide. The inspectors found a fishing knife in the car, wedged between one of the seats. It had been left by David's father who is a commercial fisherman. David said he didn't know the knife was in the car, the car belonged to his father.

School officials suspended David for 10 days and then made him attend 90 days at an alternative school. David's grandmother, with whom he lives, said the principal said, "That's the way it is now: Guilty until proven innocent. It's part of the zero tolerance policy." David has a 3.0 grade point average, is on the honor roll, and has never been sent to the principal's office for any misdeed through his school career.

These two examples are what the schools call zero tolerance.

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