Saturday, June 7, 2008

4th Grader Suspended for Shell Casing: Once Again Zero Tolerance Means Zero Intelligence

In yet another example of the stupidity of zero tolerance, and of the almost comical hoplophobia in some segments of American society, a 4th grader has been suspended for 5 days for, brace yourself, bringing to school an empty shell casing from a blank. It was given to him by an officer at a Memorial day service. The child is from a multigenerational military family, and was proud to have the souvenir. Now he gets this as a reward:

"According to the family, a school official said on Tuesday that the shell would not be returned to them. The family said they were also told that the next step might involve assigning a probation officer to Bradley."

Now isn't this a great moral message to send a child? This gift, which might have served as a reminder and an emotional connection to the service of his family and the military in general, was basically stolen from him by what is supposed to be an authority figure to be respected. And now that authority figure has given him a Draconian punishment for basically nothing. His mother summed it up nicely:

"Ordinarily, I try to think ahead about things, but to me, this was something good, not bad. It was just an empty shell, not even from a real bullet. A sharpened pencil would be more dangerous than this piece of metal."

Now, now, ma'am, what in the world are you thinking? Using logic when it comes to guns, or anything associated with them, is obviously pointless.

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