Monday, October 12, 2009

Today's Story of Stupidity

A martial artist and recent convert to a right-wing survivalist organization has been suspended from his school for carrying a dangerous weapon into the classroom. Though it was his first offense, the Christina School District in Newark, Del. has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to weapons.

Six-year-old Zachary Christie was so excited to become a Cub Scout that he brought his camping utensil to school. The tool serves as a spoon, a fork and a knife, and Zachary wanted to use it at lunch.

What Zachary didn't know was that the gizmo violated his school's zero-tolerance policy on weapons. And now the Christina School District in Newark, Del., has suspended the first grader and ordered him to attend the district's reform school for 45 days.

Are these people friggen insane?

We have moron educators and psychologists trying to eliminate the game of tag at some schools in order to preserve the fragile self-esteem of children, and we have other moron educators willing to toss children into reform school for taking a spork to class? What am I missing?
The school district, in a statement, said rules are rules and defended its decision to suspend the boy.

"At this time, the Student Code of Conduct does not take into consideration a child's age in a Level three offense," the statement read.

"This is the first incident this year involving a student under the age of seven in possession of a dangerous instrument. Christina School District staff and the Christina Board of Education are constantly examining ways to improve policies regarding student discipline."
Funny how constant examination would still manage to leave such gaping holes in the everyday policies of college educated adults put in charge of 6 year-olds, and to think, this is their chosen profession!

The reform school had better add on to its current facility for the eventual day when educators discover that a sharpened pencil can kill.

The parents of the district might be better served if the school created a reform school for stupid educators. Who knows, maybe no one would be left to teach.

Edited to add this h/t: Darlene at Protein Wisdom

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