Sunday, October 21, 2007

Zero Tolerance, Zero Sense:

Stick Figure Gun Gets
2nd-Grader Kicked Out of School

by Mondoreb & Little Baby Ginn

Zero tolerance often mean zero judgment or zero sense. A story for all those who raise questions when school boards pass any "zero tolerance" rules.
Salt Lake City Tribune:
A second-grader's drawing of a stick figure shooting a gun earned him a one-day school suspension. No stick figure gun rules were violated in the making of this story's commentary.

Kyle Walker, 7, was suspended last week for violating Dennis Township Primary School's zero-tolerance policy on guns, the boy's mother, Shirley McDevitt, told The Press of Atlantic City.

Kyle gave the picture to another child on the school bus, and that child's parents complained about it to school officials, McDevitt said. Her son told her the drawing was of a water gun, she said.
This is not the first time a stick figure gun has gotten a small fry artist booted from school. When people bring up questions about the abuse of common sense when zero tolerance rules or laws are being debated, they are often portrayed as "extreme".

It only takes a few of these examples to illustrate zero tolerance is often zero common sense.


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