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Students Banned From Bringing Pencils To School
Slashdot ^ | 11/24/10 | samzenpus

Posted on 11/25/2010 10:45:09 AM PST by Clint Williams

mernilio writes

"According to UPI: 'A Massachusetts school district superintendent said a memo banning sixth graders from carrying pencils was written without district approval. North Brookfield School District interim Superintendent Gordon Noseworthy said Wendy Scott, one of two sixth-grade teachers at North Brookfield Elementary School, did not get approval from administrators before sending the memo to all sixth-grade parents, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported Thursday. The memo said students would no longer be allowed to bring writing implements to school. It said pencils would be provided for students in class and any students caught with pencils or pens after Nov. 15 would face disciplinary action for having materials 'to build weapons.'"


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Wouldn't have protected me from being stabbed in the leg in drafting class.
1 posted on 11/25/2010 10:45:11 AM PST by Clint Williams
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To: Clint Williams
It said pencils would be provided for students in class and any students caught with pencils or pens after Nov. 15 would face disciplinary action for having materials 'to build weapons.'

So the school is going to be providing the students weapons in the classroom?
2 posted on 11/25/2010 10:46:50 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Clint Williams

No pencils... wow.


3 posted on 11/25/2010 10:47:49 AM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Clint Williams

Oh key-rist. . .another object for TSA to ban. . .for “safety.”


4 posted on 11/25/2010 10:47:55 AM PST by Hulka
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To: Clint Williams

Students Banned From Bringing Pencils To School to Prevent Mobile Classrooms from Being Hijacked


5 posted on 11/25/2010 10:49:22 AM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: aruanan

Meanwhile the same teacher pobably hands out the condoms


6 posted on 11/25/2010 10:49:45 AM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Clint Williams

Whom God would destroy, He first makes mad.


7 posted on 11/25/2010 10:50:02 AM PST by Dick Bachert (11/2 was a good start. Onward to '12. U Pubbies be strong or next time we send in the libertarians!)
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To: metmom

ping


8 posted on 11/25/2010 10:50:09 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Clint Williams
"We've come a long way baby!" I don't think I'm ever going to get used to this "progressive" type society.

The entire world has gone insane. The planet Earth is now a "loony bin".

9 posted on 11/25/2010 10:50:10 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't touch my junk!!!)
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To: Clint Williams

In other news, any teacher or administrator caught in possession of a working brain will be prosecuted for theft, since it obviously belongs to someone else.


10 posted on 11/25/2010 10:50:10 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Clint Williams

But what about paper cuts?


11 posted on 11/25/2010 10:50:24 AM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: Clint Williams

So I guess that “for safety” we will only be able to use crayons from now on?


12 posted on 11/25/2010 10:50:39 AM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Clint Williams

Here we go again!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2627777/posts


13 posted on 11/25/2010 10:50:57 AM PST by Renegade
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To: Clint Williams
I wonder if the built-in sharpener is still a metal blade? If so, these would surely be banned as well.


14 posted on 11/25/2010 10:51:56 AM PST by Drew68
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To: Clint Williams

Yes I used this weapon to stab a fellow student who would not keep his hands off my desk. This was probably l954, or 55. Wish they would do something about these weapons before someone gets killed.


15 posted on 11/25/2010 10:52:21 AM PST by easternsky
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To: Clint Williams

You can have my pencil when you pry it out of my cold, dead.....never mind.


16 posted on 11/25/2010 10:53:01 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3(0|\|0/\/\1($ 101: (4P174L1$/\/\ R3QU1r3$ (4P174L. Could it be any more simple?)
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To: Clint Williams

Sounds like that district needs a prison, not a public learning facility.


17 posted on 11/25/2010 10:53:14 AM PST by MissyMack66 (ROMNEY SUCKS: don't be fooled like we were in MA.)
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To: Clint Williams; metmom; Tired of Taxes; wintertime; JenB

Apparently the teacher who sent this out jumped the gun and it was just a proposal.

http://www.geekosystem.com/teacher-bans-pencils/


18 posted on 11/25/2010 10:53:40 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Hulka

You know what is funny? My wife couln’t take cuticle scizzors on an airplane but we were allowed to board the same plane with her 10 inch aluminum knitting needles.


19 posted on 11/25/2010 10:53:59 AM PST by 31R1O
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To: Clint Williams; zot; Interesting Times

Idioticy. H’mmm, I wonder if he’ll authorize quill pens? Whoops, nope, I remembered one needs to have a knife to make the point on the end of the quill. And we can’t have knives in school.

What about banning feet and hands? A person can be kicked to death by another person’s feet. Hands can be used to choke a person to death. I guess the superintendent will ban children from bringing their hands and feet to school next.


20 posted on 11/25/2010 10:54:35 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Clint Williams

Not to give anybody ideas, but a pencil or pen can most definitely be a deadly weapon.

Place pencil over the subject’s eye, hit the eraser really hard with the heel of your hand or some heavy object.

It’s what I was going to try if hijacked after 9/11.

Only challenge is that your subject is not likely to hold still while you get set up. :)


21 posted on 11/25/2010 10:57:28 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Drew68
My favorite crayon color is "flesh."

22 posted on 11/25/2010 10:57:51 AM PST by I see my hands (How's that ballot box working out for you?)
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To: Clint Williams
There are two things which are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. And, I'm not sure about the universe.

Albert Einstein

23 posted on 11/25/2010 10:59:04 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: MissyMack66

I was wondering what the racial make-up of the school is?


24 posted on 11/25/2010 10:59:41 AM PST by RC2
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To: Clint Williams

They won’t be allowed to bring knives and guns to school, either. Those will also be provided to those who want them.


25 posted on 11/25/2010 10:59:47 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: Clint Williams
Public schools are nothing more then penitentiary-preparatory programs.
26 posted on 11/25/2010 11:00:44 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The people who hate Sarah Palin hate her because they know that her Presidency is inevitable.)
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To: Clint Williams
NO pencils? In 6th grade? Are they %#@*! kidding??

Is the TSA running public schools now?

27 posted on 11/25/2010 11:02:01 AM PST by Conservative Tsunami
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
You can have my pencil when you pry it out of my cold, dead.....never mind.

LOL

28 posted on 11/25/2010 11:02:47 AM PST by Conservative Tsunami
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To: I see my hands
My favorite crayon color is "flesh."

Bigot.

/s

29 posted on 11/25/2010 11:03:38 AM PST by Conservative Tsunami
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To: Future Snake Eater
But what about paper cuts?

Paper cuts are nothing.

No kid of mine will EVER tread the floors of public academia until ALL doors are removed.

No kid of mine is going to get their fingers slammed!

30 posted on 11/25/2010 11:03:51 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: I see my hands

You know what Helen Keller’s favorite color was?


31 posted on 11/25/2010 11:04:17 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

The reason that so many people have so much stupidity is BECAUSE IT’S FREE.


32 posted on 11/25/2010 11:05:45 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Clint Williams

I think their real fear is that some kid might draw a picture of a gun.


33 posted on 11/25/2010 11:05:48 AM PST by umgud
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To: UCANSEE2
You know what Helen Keller’s favorite color was?

Someone heard her say it was "uhggg".

34 posted on 11/25/2010 11:07:10 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
"I don't think I'm ever going to get used to this "progressive" type society."

Why on Earth would anyone want to "get used to it"? I want to take it back, and reintroduce common sense, morality, courtesy, decency, sanity, entrepreneurial spirit, love of country, and creative problem solving, in no particular order. Let's get busy...we have a lot of work to do!

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

35 posted on 11/25/2010 11:10:20 AM PST by wku man (Still holding my breath, but exhaling a bit after Nov. 2...)
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To: Clint Williams

Are they going to sweep the school grounds and all surrounding areas (five mile radius? ten miles?) to clear all rocks, stones and other dangerous objects from the reach of “the children”?


36 posted on 11/25/2010 11:11:04 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Clint Williams

Massachusetts, lol.

The government schools there are a reflection of the populace. Let them all do whatever the hell they want with their homocentric agenda and their dangerous and irrational political correctness. Who cares? Normal humans will get out of that place and find somewhere decent to raise a family.

Personally, I think it’s a good idea to have an east coast version of San Fransicko to serve as a magnet for society’s sodomites, goofballs, and parasites. ... Keeps them all concentrated in one area and away from normal society and my kids.


37 posted on 11/25/2010 11:12:06 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Future Snake Eater

Some radio “update” mentioned OSHA was going after law offices because some intern got a paper cut.


38 posted on 11/25/2010 11:13:20 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Clint Williams
and any students caught with pencils or pens after Nov. 15 would face disciplinary action for having materials ‘to build weapons.’”
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Hm? Weapons? Such as “shanks”?

Collectivist government schools are prisons. Let's just be frank and use the word that fits: PRISON.

39 posted on 11/25/2010 11:13:35 AM PST by wintertime (Re: Obama, Rush Limbaugh said, "He was born here." ( So? Where's the proof?))
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To: EGPWS

Maybe they could alleviate the pencil and paper problem by giving kids switchblades and k-bars to carve their notes on the newly-removed doors? That should work...


40 posted on 11/25/2010 11:14:39 AM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: Clint Williams

Liberals are getting ridiculous... now pencils are weapons? They’ll have to ban keys next - sharp, pointy objects that can blind and maim.


41 posted on 11/25/2010 11:14:52 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Clint Williams

Writing implements as weapons. I said this was coming, but considered it to be absurdly unlikely. Well, I was wrong. So what’s next? Nothing can be too absurd.

This is why I am single/no kids. Now the temptation would be too great to scream in the school administrator’s face “STUPID ****ING IDIOT”. It’s all namby pamby land.


42 posted on 11/25/2010 11:15:04 AM PST by Fred Hayek (FUBO! I salute you with the soles of my shoes.)
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To: Clint Williams

Oh great! Schools as penitentiaries..


43 posted on 11/25/2010 11:19:40 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: GeronL

All in-class homework or figuring will have to be done on
an Etch-a-Sketch.


44 posted on 11/25/2010 11:21:30 AM PST by supremedoctrine (Come closer. I want to get a better look at you.)
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To: Still Thinking
In other news, any teacher or administrator caught in possession of a working brain will be prosecuted for theft, since it obviously belongs to someone else.

To be fair, I believe most of these asinine "zero tolerance" policies have been enacted out of fear of lawsuits. You can bet the school would find themselves on the defensive should a kid get stabbed in the eye with a sharpened pencil.

Fear of litigation, job loss and budget-breaking settlements has taken the practice of "erring on the side of caution" to absurd levels.

45 posted on 11/25/2010 11:21:30 AM PST by Drew68
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To: MissyMack66; Clint Williams; The Comedian
I don't remember where I heard it, but this certainly fits:
"School is prison for those who have committed the crime of being born."
46 posted on 11/25/2010 11:21:33 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: umgud

Or even thinking the word “gun” would get the kid in trouble.

Some of this political correctness crap started showing up in schools and college campuses in the seventies. It created a stifling environment where I always felt that I was in a minefield, and some idjit would get offended at the slightest word. Even showing some measure of intelligence or initiative was extremely risky.


47 posted on 11/25/2010 11:22:57 AM PST by Fred Hayek (FUBO! I salute you with the soles of my shoes.)
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To: EGPWS

No. Helen Keller’s favorite color is: CORDUROY !


48 posted on 11/25/2010 11:26:44 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Clint Williams

The pen is mightier than the sword. Now pencils
are weapons. Next up...book bans. Bringing
material into class that doesn’t preach the
socialist agenda will be a crime.


49 posted on 11/25/2010 11:27:10 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: FlingWingFlyer
A revolution is brewing now and the foolish liberals will regret what they have done. (or are doing)
50 posted on 11/25/2010 11:28:46 AM PST by redshawk (Hey 0Dumbo, I'm scratching my nose too, and not with my index finger!)
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