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Chicago teacher sues over pocket knife suspension
upi ^ | April 18, 2013

Posted on 04/19/2013 12:24:43 PM PDT by JoeProBono

CHICAGO, - A Chicago teacher's lawsuit alleges he was suspended for showing his second graders a pocket knife "as part of a curriculum-mandated 'tool discussion.'"

Douglas Bartlett, who was suspended without pay from Washington Irving Elementary School during the 2011-2012 school year, filed a federal lawsuit against Chicago School District No. 299 and principal Valeria Newell, the Courthouse News Service reported Thursday.

The suit calls the suspension of Bartlett, a 17-year veteran of the school district, a case of "overzealous application of political correctness.""Plaintiff, a school teacher, showed to his students a pocket knife, as part of a curriculum-mandated 'tool discussion,'" the lawsuit states. "Other garden-variety tools plaintiff used in the discussion were a box cutter, various wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers. As a result of showing a pocket knife, plaintiff was charged with bringing a weapon to school, and received a four-day suspension without pay. Plaintiff sues for money damages and to have this suspension expunged from his record."

The suit alleges Bartlett's Fourth Amendment rights were violated when he was given the penalty.


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KEYWORDS: knife

1 posted on 04/19/2013 12:24:43 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono
The country is getting too stupid for words.

Chicago is several orders of magnitude worse.

2 posted on 04/19/2013 12:26:28 PM PDT by grobdriver
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To: JoeProBono

But was it a “scary looking” assault pocket knife?


3 posted on 04/19/2013 12:28:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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To: JoeProBono

If my kid can be suspended for carrying a pocket knife in school, then the same rule should apply to this teacher. It’s a dumb rule, but it’s the rule. How about we change the stupid rule instead of making exceptions selectively?


4 posted on 04/19/2013 12:30:12 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

5 posted on 04/19/2013 12:34:32 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: grobdriver

Most school ‘administrators’ are functionally illiterate; but, they get paid just the same.


6 posted on 04/19/2013 12:34:59 PM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: JoeProBono

Sue their a$$e$ off.


7 posted on 04/19/2013 12:37:34 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

If it had two or more blades then it’s an assault knife.


8 posted on 04/19/2013 12:38:43 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: JoeProBono

Shouldn’t he be whittling AWAY from his face?


9 posted on 04/19/2013 12:39:41 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("I think amnesty is deader than a Chechen bomber." ~ LS)
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To: SkyDancer

LOL!


10 posted on 04/19/2013 12:39:48 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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Tired Of FReepathons That Last Longer Than A Month?
We Are Too

Donate and End It In April

11 posted on 04/19/2013 12:41:25 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: JoeProBono

I wonder how they dissect frogs these days in freshman biology, if no cutting implements can be allowed in the schools.


12 posted on 04/19/2013 12:44:34 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Tax-chick

He was a self taught orphan.


13 posted on 04/19/2013 12:50:06 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: DJ MacWoW

14 posted on 04/19/2013 12:52:42 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: grobdriver
The country is getting too stupid for words.

What passes for "thinking" for liberals:


15 posted on 04/19/2013 1:02:56 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (LBJ declared war on poverty and lost. Barack Obama declared war on prosperity and won. /csmusaret)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I have one of those. Benchmade, spring-button action. Awesome knife. Carry it int he open every day! I’m so scary!


16 posted on 04/19/2013 1:14:10 PM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Mind!)
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To: grobdriver

Well, I dunno. There are plenty of teachers / administrators that I’d not trust with pocket LINT, never mind a pocket KNIFE. The admins who suspended this guy, come immediately to mind.


17 posted on 04/19/2013 1:17:57 PM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

18 posted on 04/19/2013 1:20:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: grobdriver

NO NOT stupidty. Evil. This is just to set us up for the coming concentration camps. They have to brainwash a generation to be docile and to surrender promptly. This is intentional. It has nothing to do with “stupidity”. It is a conscious plan to insure there are no more wolves among the sheep.

It is a lot easier to fill the gulags under a socialist totalitarian tyrant if he doesn’t have to deal with a lot of people fighting back. They are grooming the sheep.

It is intentional and brilliant, not stupid at all.

KNOW YOUR ENEMY.


19 posted on 04/19/2013 1:20:32 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: I want the USA back

He has no basis and would lose. Most campuses have zero tolerance rules. If the campus rules are NO weapons, NO drugs, they can define those to be anything they want. The teacher can sue but he will lose a bunch of money and still face the suspension.


20 posted on 04/19/2013 1:22:34 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: NEMDF

I wonder how they dissect frogs these days in freshman biology, ....On the computer, believe it or not. “Cut and drag” then puke.


21 posted on 04/19/2013 1:23:32 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: NEMDF

Special frogs with zippers. See the web site: www.zipperfrogs.com


22 posted on 04/19/2013 1:57:38 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: reg45
See the web site: www.zipperfrogs.com

Suckered me. I'm thinking that would be an interesting domain to own.

23 posted on 04/19/2013 4:41:26 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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