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Over a Camping utensil??

post #1 of 14
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In response to a thread posted earlier today about schools and their WAY too harsh punishments...

I saw this on the news yesterday and I thought "Hmm what would TCS think about this?"

http://www.momlogic.com/2009/10/6-ye..._to_school.php


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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 they serious? He's such a cute little kid too, I feel bad that they put him and his parents through this.
post #2 of 14
Sometimes the folks in charge are on a power trip all their own and, as my dear old dad would have said, don't have the brains that God gave a gosling.
post #3 of 14
The school board voted to let him back in, but what a waste of time to have them call a meeting!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091014/..._tolerance_boy

No wonder so many people homeschool their kids!
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Sometimes the folks in charge are on a power trip all their own and, as my dear old dad would have said, don't have the brains that God gave a gosling.

.. quite frankly I don's believe its a power trip they're on but that they're just plain scared incase something happens (such as a freak accident) they could be made personally responsible for- to the extent that they go to such extremes.

regards,

christine
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by cjh27 View Post
.. quite frankly I don's believe its a power trip they're on but that they're just plain scared incase something happens (such as a freak accident) they could be made personally responsible for- to the extent that they go to such extremes.

regards,

christine
But the appropriate action in this case would be to confiscate the knife, and call the parents and tell them they can pick up the knife when they pick their son up in the afternoon.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by cjh27 View Post
.. quite frankly I don's believe its a power trip they're on but that they're just plain scared incase something happens (such as a freak accident) they could be made personally responsible for- to the extent that they go to such extremes.

regards,

christine
As Sarah said - those folks went to extremes which wasn't necessary at all IMO.
post #7 of 14
I finally found an image of the offending item and for whatever it is worth, I would not have called it a "camping utensil." It looks more like a Swiss Army knife.
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/zachary-ch...ory?id=8812939
post #8 of 14
Its really really sad to see how society has deteriated over the last few decades. Seems that we are supposed to be good little robots with no feelings, no free speech - just do exactly what we are told and don't question anyone about their motives!
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by 2dogmom View Post
I finally found an image of the offending item and for whatever it is worth, I would not have called it a "camping utensil." It looks more like a Swiss Army knife.
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/zachary-ch...ory?id=8812939
This is a swiss army knife..



This is what the boy had...Give or take a few colors.




I would hardly call that a "Swiss Army Knife". All it contained was a knife, spoon, fork, and can opener. I don't think I can even name all the gadgets on a swiss.
post #10 of 14
I can see their point, but I also believe that many of these restrictions are way over the top, and in some ways not fairly distributed.

For example here, it's against school rules to carry knives or other types of weapons or things that could be used as a weapon IE: club.

However, there are some religions that require the boy to carry some type of knife on them for religious reasons. Yet these knives are allowed in the school.

I can see suspending a kid if they brought a huge butcher knife, but to suspend the child for bringing a camping thingy so that he could eat his lunch? I would think taking it away for the day and returning it after school, and talking to the child about things like that not being allowed, would have been more appropriate. Suspension was too harsh a punishment for a first time "offense"
post #11 of 14
What's happening is school admins don't want to make judgement calls anymore. They want a one-size-fits-all solution and not have to bother about making decisions. So hence a 6 year old boy who wants to use his new nifty camping utensil to eat his lunch is held to the same standard as one that purposely brings a weapon with bad intent.

If you saw that child, can you imagine him being in a REFORM school for 45 days?
post #12 of 14
I see stupidity is the norm these days with school administrators.
post #13 of 14
If this were MY son he would NOT be attending the district's reform school for 1 day, let alone 45. I would tell them what they could do with their "order".
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
If this were MY son he would NOT be attending the district's reform school for 1 day, let alone 45. I would tell them what they could do with their "order".
I agree Cindy. Perhaps they could send the school administration to stupid school for 45 days.
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