Sometimes I just can’t help myself these days. I’ll be reading or watching a story unfold either on the net or on the tube when, slowly at first, my mouth falls open and stays there. The latest occurrence was over a story concerning a young six year old cub scout, Zachery Christie, who took his Swiss Army knife to school and who now faces forty five days in reform school as a consequence. The reason for his incarceration is due to the ‘zero tolerance’ policy his school, Christina located in Wilmington, Delaware observes. This policy was adopted in the wake of violence that has occurred in locations like Columbine High School.From No
My problem with this story, and the reason for my mouth behaving badly, is the way in which the school officials are handling this absurd situation. In what should have been a very quick and intelligent decision to not go forward with a punishment, the school board President, George Evans was quoted as saying, “The idea was to avoid discriminating against any student and to treat all students the same.” He apparently sees nothing wrong with throwing Zachery in with more hardened problem kids. Hey, a young person can learn a lot in reform school! Give me a break!
Someone please wake me up. I thought our schools were one of the last bastions of intelligent applied behavior. Instead, I see mature adults acting more like children than children.