Honest to Pete:
After handing out the slices, the teacher promptly turned the girl in for bringing a “deadly weapon” to school, her parents said.
This is right up there with strip-searching a girl for possibly having a legal, non-addictive prescription drug.
If you follow the link and read the story, you’ll see that the school has already had second thoughts and is looking for some way out without conceding that the whole damn policy is bull-headed, stupid, and irresponsible.
And why, you might ask but probably didn’t, is the whole damn policy bull-headed, stupid, and irresponsible?
Because it takes no account of intent or behavior. A child who empties out a backpack to use on a campling trip and forgets to remove the camping jack knife when returning to school on Monday is treated with the same severity as the child with a seven-inch switchblade and blood in his or her eye.
But it is easier, I suppose, to make and enforce blanket policies than it is to think.
Guess school is no place for thinking anyway.
Oh, yeah, and the News-Journal’s headline is an insult to the child and her family. It reminds me or when my brother (he was about five) nearly died from an electrical short in a transformer at a light pole in the front yard. All the volts were going down a guy wire to ground. He was frozen to the wire screaming and my father broke into a dead run and ripped him free.
All the local paper could think of for a headline was “Billy —- Learns about Eletricity.”
No charges. Apparently the school district figured out that she is not a menace to the public peace.