Thursday, September 11, 2008

10 Year Old Boy Ambushed by Political Correctness

What the hell is wrong with people? Check out this item from The A 10 year old boy is suspended and faces additional possible disciplinary action because he was caught using the blade from a broken pencil sharpener.

The pols in their infinite wisdom decide that there will be zero tolerance when it comes to weapons. A noble idea but where is their judgement? What value is there in a policy that clearly traumatizes a young boy? God, this makes me sick. See the story below.

Boy suspended for using broken pencil sharpener

HILTON HEAD ISLAND -- A 10-year-old boy here has been suspended from school for having something most students carry in their supply boxes: a pencil sharpener.

The problem was his sharpener had broken, but he decided to use it anyway.

A teacher at Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary School noticed the boy had what appeared to be a small razor blade during class on Tuesday, according to a Beaufort County sheriff's report.

It was obvious that the blade was the metal insert commonly found in a child's small, plastic pencil sharpener, the deputy noted.

The boy -- a fourth-grader described as a well-behaved and good student -- cried during the meeting with his mom, the deputy and the school's assistant principal.

He had no criminal intent in having the blade at school, the sheriff's report stated, but was suspended for at least two days and could face further disciplinary action.

District spokesman Randy Wall said school administrators are stuck in the precarious position between the district's zero tolerance policy against having weapons at school and common sense.

"We're always going to do something to make sure the child understands the seriousness of having something that could potentially harm another student, but we're going to be reasonable," he said.

-- The (Hilton Head) Island Packet

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