I said that kids should be taught honesty and fairness and if these "adults" can't devise a level and level headed policy then they should be booted out.
If that's even a remote possibility, those administrators should be weeded out and booted out. These are the people who are supposed to be educating children
I think that a lawsuit is in order.
A third grader at Mo's school was suspended for bringing a "weapon" to school.
Knives appear to be becoming the "weapon of choice" by young people . . . in the broader community lately . . .
I agree with everyone here that zero tolerance policies are a joke
Sadly, we've had a recent tragic incident involving a real weapon here. A 12 year old student was killed by another student in a knifing incident. (Not in a public school, a private (Catholic) school, btw). Knives appear to be becoming the "weapon of choice" by young people (& some others) in the broader community lately & it's spilled over into our schools. I suspect we are about to get into some quite serious zero tolerance policies as a result.
What happened to good, old-fashioned wrestling and fist-fighting? When I was in elementary school, that used to be our method of choice for inflicting pain on each other. Those young people of today are so spoiled with all their gadgets and gizmos ...
Education, in the sense of providing fair and equitable responses, goes far beyond the face to face contact that teachers have.
I do think a lawsuit is in order.
But third grader or not JTT, there have been many news articles on children that age and younger bringing loaded guns to school.
Also in middle school, we had a student come after a teacher with a brick. She scared frozen. She would have been beat in the head with the brick if another student hadn't stepped in and knocked the kid out.
But he did not bring in a weapon
My son's school has a policy (that parents are requested to sign) that specifically prohibits toy guns. I don't know of any cases where this policy was enforced.
There's a thread that runs through civilized societies. Don't punish everyone for the transgressions of one.
Kids are being punished for behavior that the society around them says is just grand. Someone bought this kid a toy gun. I don't see the toy gun industry going out of business soon. Kids are surrounded by adults carrying and using all sorts of firearms.
Don't try and take away my brick. I'm a law abiding citizen.
So by saying that, then you feel there should be no law against murder? I mean don't take away your right to murder someone because someone else got in trouble for it?
As history has shown when kids take guys, knifes and other types of weapons to school it ends in horrible circumstances.