posted on Oct, 31 2003 @ 11:20 AM
i dont buy into the better safe than sorry BS.
its a journal, not a handgun and i think suspending or expelling students for words they say or write is simply over reactive.
while i do think that some people who write such "fiction" have some problems they need to work out sometimes its just writing, sometimes its not
but ZERO TOLERANCE doesnt work. kids kicked out of school for tylenol? an exacto knife? christ WTF is wrong with these people? are they going to
ban pencils? they CAN be used to hurt or even kill people but i dont see them rushing to suspend every student with a pencil. (dont give me that its
needed BS, it can be used as a weapon as can a desk a book or anything else that isnt nailed or bolted to the floors or walls)
zero tolerance takes the ability to use discretion out of the hands of teachers and school faculty and forces them to suspend or expell students they
probably wouldnt have suspended or expelled otherwise BEFORE these over reactive zero tolerance policies popped up all over the country.
violence is a part of our civilization and there is no getting rid of it. no matter how much we try there will always be someone out there wanting to
hurt or kill others for whatever reason, these zero tolerance policies obviously arent stopping the shooting, the drugs, the fights but they are
making victims out of students who dont deserve to be punished. SHOULD someone be suspended or expelled because his friends thought it would be funny
if they put a BB gun in his bag? of course not but thats the problem with ZERO tolerance, it doesn't give school administrators the ability to make
the call themselves and this student becomes another victim of over reactive school boards and parents. even ONE student who gets punished because of
this and didnt deserve it is grounds to get rid of these zero toelrance policies. schools have become almost like prisons now. hell less things get
into a school than most prisons! thats a really messed up thought isnt it? easier to get a weapon or drug into a prison than a school.
maybe we should apply this zero tolerance policy in the places that truly need it, not schools.
Were all very quick to point the finger and yell at the school systems. Look at it from the administrations point of view, they don't know the true
nature of the students intent. With all that has happened in the school systems as of late, I can't say as I blame them for being a little over
cautious. Zero tolerence means ZERO TOLERENCE.
well they also dont know if she had any intent to do anything either. of course there are cases where students flipped out and shot up their school
without so much as a warning so what can be done to stop them? put each student in a bullet proof cage at school? have all students wear bullet
proof vests? hire psychics to find the potential trouble makers and suspend before they can cause trouble? (yes just like the movie monority report,
punish em before they even commit the crime, how stupid!)
how about zero tolerance for those who actually do something instead of writing or saying something? because one says or writes something doesnt mean
its going to happen. if they felt this was a big enough problem they should have talked to her parents and her and kept an eye on her at school and
at home (to make sure her parents are keeping tabs on what she's doing) not over reacting and having an armed gaurd remove her. did he pull his gun
out and hadher lay on the floor and handcuff her too? after all since what she wrote seemed like such a threat if she had a writing utensil she's
probably be charged with carrying a deadly weapon.
for infringing upon the rights of free speech even if i think its disturbing reading.