Tuesday, February 9, 2010

More Zero Tolerance Madness

It's sad that these incidents are becoming so commonplace that people hardly notice them anymore.
A Portland school has suspended an 8-year-old boy after he was found to have a 4-inch plastic toy gun built for an action figure, KPTV-TV in Portland, Ore., reported.

The third-grade student at Duniway Elementary School received a one-day suspension. Aron Anderson, the boy's father, said his son forgot he had the toy in his pocket after playing with it the previous night.

More here
Not a gun. Not even a toy gun. Merely a tiny bit of plastic that looks like a toy gun for a doll.

The district, instead of agitating for some sanity and intelligence, predictably closes ranks and protects it's own bureaucracy.
The region administrator for the school sent Anderson a letter that said the district intends to uphold the principal's decision.
Zero tolerance has become the modern Puritanism. Best defined, I think, by H.L. Mencken as, "The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."

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