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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

17 December 2006

Zero tolerance?

Once again the absolute stupidity of school's "zero tolerance" policies is rearing it's ugly head. Usually this come up when some kid is suspended or expelled for taking an aspirin, or worse, giving one to a friend. This case is a bit different. A school in Rhode Island is refusing to use this Photo, submitted by a student for his yearbook picture.

This picture violates the schools "zero tolerance" policy on weapons. Yeah, the boy is posing with a big ass sword there. But not because he is promoting violence, no he like medieval history and is a member of The Society for Creative Anachronism. Now I know SCA folks and they are often a bit strange but promoting violence is not a big thing.

I might cut the school some slack on the grounds that "These are the rules and the students know and should obey them." grounds but the school violates it's own policy. The mascot of the school is "The Patriots" and said Patriot is often displayed with a rifle in his hands. In addition, on the schools webpage, there are pictures of students carrying toy weapons and miming acts of violence. To top off the hypocrisy of this policy, they told the student that he could buy an ad and run the picture there. So it is zero tolerance unless you pay us.


Blogger Adrian said...

I can hear it now in the school principals office:




If this werent so sad Id be laughing right now!!

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a little zero-tolerance outrage of my own. When our youngest child was in middle school, there was a horrific spring storm like KC is rather famous for and a tree severed our wires into the house, so we were one of the last households to regain power, five days later.

The youngest had a lighter in her backpack that she had been using for candles and an oil lamp in her room, and got a three day suspension. They wanted her to take a substance abuse class before they would let her back in to school - because the lights were out after a storm that was all over the local news!!!

When that bitch said it was too bad, that "zero tolerance is zero tolerance" to me, I called a lawyer. The suspension stood, but the $375 class didn't fly.

Zero tolerance is code for I'm too lazy to apply logic and common sense to a situation. Please do my thinking for me.


7:45 PM  
Blogger exMI said...

Ah BG, look at that, more stuff we agree on. It is nice to find a common ground sometimes.

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schools are just major-league weird at times!

1:24 PM  

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