A 10-year-old girl was led off to the police station in handcuffs because she’d taken scissors to her Philadelphia elementary school.
School district officials said the fourth-grade student did not threaten anyone with the 8-inch shears, but violated a rule that considers scissors to be potential weapons.
. . . Police officers decided the girl hadn’t committed a crime and let her go.
However, school officials suspended her for five days. Administrators will decide at a hearing whether she may return to class, or be expelled to a special disciplinary school.
The scissors were discovered while students’ belongings were being searched for property missing from a teacher’s desk.
When I was in elementary school, we were required to bring scissors.
On another note: A British elementary school has banned pencil sharpeners, after a lad took one apart and used the razor to slash the neck of a classmate. The slasher is back in school after a two-day suspension. Kimberly Swygert points out the irony: The “offender is allowed to return, while the sharp objects are not.”
Expulsion is reserved for “very extreme” cases, the headmaster told parents. Apparently, premeditated and potentially deadly violence isn’t all that extreme.