Zero tolerance stupidities are creating pressure to modify rigid school rules, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
HOUSTON — Unaware it had turned cool overnight, Eddie Evans’s 12-year-old son bolted out of the house in shirt sleeves. He was on his way to the bus stop when his mother called him back for a jacket.
In third period the boy discovered that the three-inch pocketknife he had taken to his last Boy Scout meeting was still inside his coat – a definite no-no under the school’s zero-tolerance policy. Unsure what to do, he consulted a friend before putting the knife in his locker. The friend turned him in and, after lunch, police arrested him and took him to a juvenile-detention center without contacting his parents, according to senate testimony.
Mr. Evans says the school then expelled his son for 45 days and enrolled him in an alternative school for juvenile offenders. By the end, the First Class Boy Scout, youth leader at church, and winner of an outstanding- student award was contemplating suicide.
There’s no substitute for judgment.