Thursday, October 15, 2009

More zero-tolerance insanity

Another zero-intelligence tolerance injustice:
A 17-year-old Eagle Scout in upstate New York has been barred from stepping foot on school grounds for 20 days — for keeping a 2-inch pocketknife locked in a survival kit in his car.

Insanity. Just insanity.
Whalen said he asked Macri why a 2-inch pocketknife would be considered more dangerous than other everyday items around the school.

"I said to him, 'What about a person who has a bat, on a baseball team? That could be a weapon.' And he said, 'Well, it's not the same thing.'"
[LB: Not the same thing at all - a baseball bat is far more dangerous than a two-inch pocketknife locked up in a survival kit. So is a chair. So is the pair of scissors on the teacher's desk. And I bet there are knives in the kitchen which are longer and more dangerous...]

The school district's policy lists "Possessing a weapon" under "examples of violent conduct," which "may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school."

Again, it's just insanity. Legislators pass over-broad legislation in the delusion belief that they can prevent bad people from doing bad things, and when those laws are strictly enforced by the letter, good people are punished. It's abuse of power both by those with the power to make the laws, and those charged with enforcing it, and no one benefits. It doesn't make the schools safer, it doesn't protect anyone. Just insanity.

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