First, let me say that I really hate it when someone marks down post without commenting on what they have a problem with.
I don't think zero tolerance takes up that much time but I could be wrong. Mo's school is the one where a kid got suspended for having a GI Joe gun in his pocket.
My beef doesn't really include teachers but goes way up the chain of command. It's the policy makers and pundits who spit out nonsense without really looking at the reprecussions of their words.
And I blame parents who are suckers for sound-bites like "accountablility" and "standards" without really thinking about what they're asking for. People think that if they're kid is not at the top of the class they won't get into college. That's compelete and utter bullshit and they've bought it hook, line and sinker.
I blame the whole culture of competitive parenting that has brought us to this point.
But I know what you mean about pranks. My entire 7th grade class would have been expelled for smoking pot. Hell, they would have had to close down the entire school.
They don't trust high school students to leave the campus for lunch anymore. It's crazy!