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The Reason for Zero Tolerance

Wednesday, 30 May 2001 12:00 AM

Now, despite my affection for Neal and his considerable talents, I’m really surprised at the lack of critical thinking over this one. It’s easy to condemn the school, right? How dare they suspend an honors student? It was a kitchen knife, she said! It just fell out of a box. What’s the big deal?

Well, here’s the big deal: If Lindsay Brown, honors student, was enraged at a teacher for giving her a B+ instead of an A and decided to slice and dice that teacher, can you imagine the outrage that would follow if it was revealed that school officials had found that huge knife and did nothing?

If Lindsay Brown, honors student, was jilted by an ex-boyfriend and decided to plunge that big ol' knife into his back, you think anyone would have raised an eyebrow over the school finding the knife in her car before the hypothetical attack and deciding not to take action?

There's a pretty simple reason for a zero-tolerance weapons policy: to let kids know that there are no gray areas, no room for discussion over bringing a weapon to school.

How about a gun? What if Lindsay's dad had a gun that fell out of a box and wound up in the back seat of her car? You think the fact that she's an honors student should give her a free pass?

We need to think long and hard about trashing a school that's trying to keep its hallways and parking lots safe from punks and degenerates who want to wreak havoc. Maybe it's been a while since Neal sent a kid off to high school. As the parent of two high school students, I want schools to err on the side of keeping the good kids safe from scum like Kip Kinkle, Andy Williams, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

Incidentally, don't shed any tears for Lindsay Brown. In addition to the crusade to make her the Rosa Parks of high school zero-tolerance policies, the president of the college she plans to attend has already announced that they'll pay her tuition if the arrest keeps her from her state-sponsored scholarship. She'll probably make the TV talk show rounds before the week is out. Perhaps she'll make People magazine. She's having the time of her life.

C'mon, Mr. Boortz, is her case really the one you want to use to give kids in school with knives and guns the benefit of the doubt?

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