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Two weeks ago, Erin received a call from a friend at a party who was too drunk to drive. Erin drove to Boxford after work to pick up her friend. Moments after she arrived, the cops arrived too and busted several kids for underage possession of alcohol.
A North Andover High School honor student, Erin was cleared by police, who agreed she had not been drinking and was not in possession of alcohol. But Andover High told Erin she was in violation of the district’s zero tolerance policy against alcohol and drug use. In the middle of her senior year, Erin was demoted from captain of the volleyball team and told she would be suspended from playing for five games
reply to post by roadgravel
Zero tolerance policies aren't really about protecting "the children". While this is my opinion it's based on observations of the differences between how kids were punished when I was a kid (yes, I'm pre "No Child Left Behind") and today. In fact, I'm so old that they didn't get rid of corporal punishment until I was in the 8th grade.
Zero tolerance is about creating a system of fear in the upcoming generation. It's about preparing them for unjust punishment so that when a police state is implemented they will say things like "Oh, well, when I was a kid I got in trouble for this or that and got this punishment, so it seems perfectly logical to lock someone up for 10 years for speaking out against their leaders."
It's nothing more than indoctrination into the Global Corporate State.
“Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say.Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right.
This nation was founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world -- "No, YOU move.”
I will tell you a story. My son was in his Junior year of High School. He was active on the golf team and was a good student. (like his dad, a solid c+ B-) He had been building a tree stand in the woods with one of his friends over the weekend. He has asked if I had a pocket knife and since I buy them in bulk for use on my job, I had plenty. I gave him a small serrated lock blade and didn't give it a second thought.
He goes to school on Monday and slings his coat over his shoulder and the knife I gave him popped out and slid across the floor. The Principal happened to be in the hall at the time and saw the incident. It was also on video. Long story short, my son was expelled from school, kicked off the golf team and sentenced to spend over half of a year in alternative school. That place where the cream of the crop get to go.
I asked why there would be such a harsh punishment for a very obvious mistake. We all admitted it was a rule infraction, but a very minor one. I was told the school had a zero tolerance policy on weapons.
So the purpose of this zero tolerance policy is to make sure that a monkey with a suit can in fact be principal of a High School. They are planning for the new workforce once the "no child left behind" crowd enters and starts to look for employment.