Jewish World Review July 30, 2013/ 23 Menachem-Av, 5773
Disciplining students requires perspective
By Dan K. Thomasson
The lazy days of summer offer the nation's youngsters and their parents a break from school schedules. Summer also offers a cooling-off period for zero tolerance, a disciplinary approach by school administrators who are so gun shy (if you will excuse the expression) that they magnify every incident, no matter how innocent, into a major threat. Lack of judgment in these cases is monumental. This is just another incident on an increasingly long list of remarkably ridiculous overreactions by public school officials. It ranks right up there with two other cases from this academic year: a young boy who was severely disciplined for chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a pistol and playfully pointing it at another youngster, and a 5-year-old who was suspended for just talking about shooting a gun that blows soap bubbles. In 2009, an elementary school youngster was expelled when he realized he had a Boy Scout knife in his backpack after a camping trip. He turned it in immediately but received no credit for being a good citizen.
This is just another incident on an increasingly long list of remarkably ridiculous overreactions by public school officials. It ranks right up there with two other cases from this academic year: a young boy who was severely disciplined for chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a pistol and playfully pointing it at another youngster, and a 5-year-old who was suspended for just talking about shooting a gun that blows soap bubbles. In 2009, an elementary school youngster was expelled when he realized he had a Boy Scout knife in his backpack after a camping trip. He turned it in immediately but received no credit for being a good citizen.
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