Policy Scores Another Against Common Sense.
A 10 year old boy brings a weapon to class and his weapon is . . . a broken pencil sharpener.
He faces a two day suspension and perhaps further discipline.
Zero tolerance has reached an intolerable point.
"We're always going to do something to make sure the child understands the seriousness of having something that could potentially harm another student, but we're going to be reasonable," he said.
As your two day suspension demonstrates how reasonable you are.
Yes a broken pencil sharpener could potentially harm a child but it would take a moment of extreme stupidity for it to result in serious injury and such stupidity can result from anything.
When I was in school high school students were allowed to carry folding knives if the blade was no more than 2 1/2 inches long and they understood that severe penalties (including criminal charges) would result if you ever actually used or threatened to use one against another student; they were tools and not weapons. We never had an incident of a stabbing.
We also saw guns in cars in our parking lots (and never had one used against a student). You could even, under a strict protocol, take a gun into shop class and work on it. (You got permission from the principal who would have someone in authority watch you bring the gun, in a sealed gun bag, to the door, would take it from you, make sure it wasn't loaded, and would personally take it to the wood shop or metal shop and lock it up until your shop period.) We even had gun safety in school. We never had so much as a threat of gun violence.
In view of recent events I understand banning guns but not the banning of common sense regarding anything that might possibly be used as a weapon.
I'm expecting that any day now some nutcase will ban softball because kids might use the bat as a club. It is coming if it hasn't happened already.