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    Filed at 7:22 pm under by dcobranchi

    I miss the good ol’ days when Zero Intelligence would blast edu-crats for their complete idiocy in enforcing zero tolerance policies. This story, in my old home town, would have probably made his Top Ten of All Time.

    Finding character witnesses when you are 6 years old is not easy. But there was Zachary Christie last week at a school disciplinary committee hearing with his karate instructor and his mother’s fiancé by his side to vouch for him.

    Zachary’s offense? Taking a camping utensil that can serve as a knife, fork and spoon to school. He was so excited about recently joining the Cub Scouts that he wanted to use it at lunch. School officials concluded that he had violated their zero-tolerance policy on weapons, and Zachary was suspended and now faces 45 days in the district’s reform school.

    I had one of those utensils in Cub Scouts, too. The knife has a blunt end. You couldn’t cut butter with it, let alone a person.

    UPDATE: There’s even a bit of a homeschooling angle to this.

    “Something has to change,” said Dodi Herbert, whose 13-year old son, Kyle, was suspended in May and ordered to attend the Christina district’s reform school for 45 days after another student dropped a pocket knife in his lap. School officials declined to comment on the case for reasons of privacy.

    Ms. Herbert, who said her son was a straight-A student, has since been home-schooling him instead of sending him to the reform school.

    Heh, Traci– Maybe DHEA can give her a call to see if she needs some help.

    5 Responses to “OH! MY! GOD!”

    Comment by
    October 12th, 2009
    at 8:20 pm

    The zero tolerance aspect of it is stupid, but I will say this. Even as a Cub Scout, he isn’t allowed to carry a knife until he earns his Whittling Chip. And he can’t do that before he is 8. So it’s a parent fail too as this is the very predictable result of letting the kid have something on him at school even that even looks like a knife.

    Comment by
    October 13th, 2009
    at 6:57 am

    How anyone could let these nuts educate their children is beyond me. They have no common sense.

    To be fair they may not have realized the boy had it with him or even thought there was a problem with it. I mean it’s eating utensils for crying out loud.

    Sean used to carry his pocket knife around once he got his Whittling Chip, which he was very proud of. Whenever we flew somewhere I would have to remind him to leave it at HOME. Airport security doesn’t care if you have a Whittling Chip.

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    October 13th, 2009
    at 5:40 pm

    So why not just say that?

    “Hey, we’re taking this knife until the end of the day and then you can take it home and we don’t want you to bring it in again. We don’t care about your chip. Don’t do it again.”

    All this sort of thing does is teach kids that grownups are idiots who overreact.


    Comment by
    October 16th, 2009
    at 3:42 pm

    I saw an interview with this kid and his parents a couple of days ago on the Today show. The parents are fighting the 45 day sentence, and said that even if they didn’t win, they were absolutely not sending him to reform school. When asked if he was excited or scared about the idea of going back to school, the kid talked only of homeschooling and how much fun it was.

    Comment by
    October 16th, 2009
    at 3:50 pm

    The CHristina school district rescinded his suspension this week. If the parents are smart they’ll continue w/ the home education.