Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Another Instance Of Educational Zero Tolerance Follies

Apparently, merely pointing fingers in a manner reminiscent of pointing a gun can get a 10 year old suspended from school these days.

The Detroit News: Ohio student, 10, points finger like gun, is suspended

A central Ohio principal says she suspended a 10-year-old boy from school for three days for pretending his finger was a gun and pointing it at another student’s head.

Yet another example of zero tolerance equaling zero sense and leading to absurd results. A three day suspension for using a hand as a handgun? Wow. No point just telling the kid not to do it and move on right? That would make too much sense. Instead let's deprive him of three days of school just to show that it can be done. Who knows how long you're suspended if you actually hit another kid. Sheesh.

The kid was just playing as kids do, but you better be careful kid, that'll show you not to play and it'll go on your permanent record!


juvat said...

I wonder if the principal would do anything different if the student was a girl instead of a boy?
My money is on no suspension.

Aaron said...

Juvat: Hard to say. They're so far gone on this zero tolerance stuff, I suspect they'd suspend a girl as well.

It's sad when common sense gets replaced by idiocy as a matter of policy.