More Zero Tolerance Folly

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Honestly. What’s wrong with these people?

An elementary student in Marion County was arrested Thursday after school officials found her cutting food during lunch with a knife that she brought from home, police said.

The 10-year-old girl, a student at Sunrise Elementary School in Ocala, was charged possession of a weapon on school property, which is a felony.

According to authorities, school employees spotted the girl cutting her food while she was eating lunch and took the steak knife from her.

The girl told sheriff’s deputies that she had brought the knife to school on more than one occasion in the past.

Students told officials that the girl did not threaten anyone with the knife.

The girl was arrested and transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

No sense of judgment or propriety whatsoever.

Via David Harsanyi.

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12 Responses to “More Zero Tolerance Folly”

  1. #1 |  Cat | 

    More disturbing than this young girls arrest, is school officials inability to reason for themselves. Are teachers becoming government programmed ‘Stepford wives’?

    Government minion is NOT an example I want set for my child.

  2. #2 |  Frank | 

    Zero Tolerance = Zero Brains

  3. #3 |  David Chesler | 

    A steak knife can be used as a weapon. So can a sharpened pencil, a heavy textbook, a stapler, and (at least in Massachusetts) a shod foot. It seems that every school is not only tolerating, but requiring “weapons”.

  4. #4 |  Ochressandro | 

    My god. How dare that little girl use tools? What does she think she is, some sort of Hominid? She should eat her food with her hands, like the rest of the lower primates!

  5. #5 |  johnny | 

    Usually stories like this blame the school administrators. As Cat says, “school officials inability to reason for themselves”. They are school officials after all. One really can’t expect them to have any common sense or ability to reason as one would expect from an adult. One can just as well blame the police.

    Principal: “That girl has a steak knife; she should be arrested on felony weapons charges.
    Cop: “That ain’t a weapon, that’s a steak knife.”
    End of story.

    Regardless of what the principal says, it’s the cop’s decision whether or not to arrest. If the cop has no discretion in the matter, then it’s the fault of the clowns in the round circus who pass the laws.

  6. #6 |  MikeT | 

    As much as I love to rip on the public schools for this behavior, it is caused by the way that many Americans behave. On the one hand, they’ll scream about how this child is being abused for having a steak knife, but the majority will turn around and demand action and policy changes if the knife is used as a weapon. Most Americans aren’t consistent on issues like this like those of us posting here.

  7. #7 |  Brian | 

    Do not send your kids to public school. Public Schools are increasingly becoming intellectually void, serving more as a 6-hour holding-cell for youth than an educational institution.

  8. #8 |  Psion | 

    Episodes like this, which are being reported with increasing frequency, are leading me to believe that I would be best home-schooling my two year old rather than dealing with irrational school officials.

  9. #9 |  soop | 

    Was this perhaps Marion Illinois?

    see the following for further goodness

  10. #10 |  Matt Moore | 

    MikeT – Americans are very consistent. Using a knife to cut up food = good. Using a knife to cut (or threaten to cut) a person = bad.

    See how easy that was?

  11. #11 |  Matt Moore | 

    I probably should have said, “Americans should be very consistent.” Obviously, in reality, they want it both ways.

  12. #12 |  Bronwyn | 

    Reason # … oh, I’ve lost count… My now and future children will be privately schooled – at home, if I can manage it.