Keyword: zerotolerance

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  • The Thought Police are alive and well in Arizona (and it has nothing to do with immigration).

    06/01/2010 7:59:55 AM PDT · by Publius772000 · 20 replies · 704+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 06/01/10 | Michael Naragon
    In a CBS news story that likely will not receive the coverage it deserves, a kindergartner was suspended on May 19 for almost bringing a knife to school. Almost. Five-year-old Josh Bejerano and his friends were on their way to school on Thursday morning when they found a pocket knife under a bush. Like all young boys–I have three myself and know how mine would have reacted–Josh excitedly put the knife in his backpack. Then, he apparently remembered that knives do not belong at school, and he took the blade out of his backpack and put it down. This is...
  • Student Suspended for Wearing Rosary Beads

    05/26/2010 1:39:11 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 46 replies · 846+ views
    Memorial Beads or Gang Symbol? Student Suspended for Wearing RosaryCase Highlights First Amendment Free Speech Debate in U.S. Schools WASHINGTON, May 25, 2010 Hosier, a 13-year-old Schenectady, New York, boy, is gearing up to file a federal suit against his middle school after he was repeatedly suspended for wearing a rosary, which he says is in memory of his older brother who died in a bike accident. Students say they were singled out because they had on black T-shirts. Hosier said he has worn the rosary since September, but in the last week was suspended three times, most recently...
  • Eagle Scout's penalty stands

    05/20/2010 1:05:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 107 replies · 2,728+ views
    timesunion.com ^ | 5-20-10 | SCOTT WALDMAN
    Matthew Whalen's suspension will stand. On Wednesday night, the Lansingburgh Central School District board of education rejected Whalen's appeal of the punishment and decided not to expunge the blemish on the record of the Eagle Scout suspended for having a pocketknife in his car while the vehicle was on the grounds of Lansingburgh High School. Whalen received a 20-day suspension in September after he turned over to school administrators a 1 1/2-inch knife that he kept in his glove box as part of a car survival kit. He returned to school in October. Whalen has said he does not know...
  • Autistic Boy Faces Felony Rap for Stick-Figure Sketch

    05/15/2010 10:38:19 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 48 replies · 1,303+ views
    AOL News ^ | may 14, 2010 | David Knowles
    (May 14) -- A 14-year-old autistic boy in Georgia faces felony charges of making terroristic threats after he drew a stick-figure version of himself firing a gun at his teacher. After discovering the crudely rendered drawing that Shane Finn had made on his classwork, officials at Atlanta's Ridgeview Charter School suspended the eighth-grader and decided to pursue charges against him, Fox News in Atlanta reported.
  • 3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession [growing tyranny]

    05/10/2010 1:11:46 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 73 replies · 1,758+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 5/10/10 | samzenpus
    theodp writes "A third-grader in a small Texas school district received a week's detention for merely possessing a Jolly Rancher. Leighann Adair, 10, was eating lunch Monday when a teacher confiscated the candy. Her parents said she was in tears when she arrived home later that afternoon and handed them the detention notice. But school officials are defending the sentence, saying the school was abiding by a state guideline that banned 'minimal nutrition' foods. 'Whether or not I agree with the guidelines, we have to follow the rules,' said school superintendent Jack Ellis."
  • Jolly Rancher Lands Fort Bend County Third-Grader in Detention for a Week

    05/08/2010 1:18:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 132 replies · 3,043+ views
    KHOU ^ | May 6, 2010 | Gabe Gutierrez
    A third-grader at Brazos Elementary was given a week’s detention for possessing a Jolly Rancher. School officials in western Fort Bend County are defending the seemingly harsh sentence. The school’s principal and superintendent said they were simply complying with a state law that limits junk food in schools. But the girl’s parents say it’s a huge overreaction. “I think it’s stupid to give a kid a week’s worth of detention for a piece of candy,” said Amber Brazda, the girl’s mother. "The whole thing was just ridiculous to me." Leighann Adair, 10, was eating lunch Monday when a teacher confiscated...
  • Middle school student suspended for touching pill

    04/04/2010 7:00:14 PM PDT · by sand lake bar · 34 replies · 1,783+ views
    JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The parents of a Kentuckiana seventh grade student say their young daughter was suspended from school for doing exactly what she's been taught to do for years - to just say no to drugs. ...
  • Trial Ordered for Man Accused of Fatally Choking Puppy

    03/11/2010 7:15:40 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies · 360+ views
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | March 11, 2010 | Kelly Wheeler
    Trial ordered for man accused of fatally choking puppy By Kelly Wheeler City News Service March 11, 2010 SAN DIEGO - A La Jolla man accused of choking his 10-week-old puppy -- which later died -- as punishment for barking and nipping his girlfriend on the nose must stand trial on two felony animal cruelty charges, a judge ruled today. David Hale Warner, 50, faces up to three years in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Garrett Randall. The defendant was on probation for domestic violence at the time of his arrest, the prosecutor said. Warner and his girlfriend...
  • Boy, 6, gets suspended from school after making gun sign with fingers, pointing at classmates (MI)

    03/07/2010 2:25:32 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 62 replies · 585+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/7/2010 | Rachel Monahan
    It's handgun control in the extreme. A Michigan kindergartener's make-believe gun - which he created with just his fingers - got him suspended, the Grand Rapids Press reported. Mason Jammer, 6, who attends Ionia's Jefferson Elementary School, pointed his finger-gun at a fellow student Wednesday and got kicked out of school till Friday. School officials said they had given Mason numerous warnings over several months, and his gun play created discomfort for other kids. Mason's mom said the suspension is "too harsh" for a young boy. "He's only six, and he doesn't understand any of this," said Erin Jammer, who...
  • Boy who brought knife to school avoids expulsion

    02/25/2010 8:24:23 PM PST · by Fiji Hill · 15 replies · 609+ views
    Myfoxphoenix ^ | 2/24/2010
    <p>PHOENIX - It was a day of reckoning for the Phoenix boy who accidentally brought a penknife to school in his backpack.</p> <p>The school was considering expelling fifth grader Zane Champion, citing its zero-tolerance policy against weapons.</p> <p>After a long night of deliberations, the school board decided not to expell Champion. The governing board met with Champion's family for nearly three hours Tuesday night at the Arizona School for the Arts in downtown Phoenix.</p>
  • 12-Year-Old Girl Arrested for Doodling on Desk

    02/21/2010 5:38:06 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 102 replies · 2,150+ views
    WRCB TV ^ | 02/21/2010 | CNN
    NEW YORK (CNN) -- There was no profanity, no hate. Just the words, "I love my friends Abby and Faith. Lex was here 2/1/10 :)" scrawled on the classroom desk with a green marker. Alexa Gonzalez, an outgoing 12-year-old who likes to dance and draw, expected a lecture or maybe detention for her doodles earlier this month. Instead, the principal of the Junior High School in Forest Hills, New York, called police, and the seventh-grader was taken across the street to the police precinct. Alexa's hands were cuffed behind her back, and tears gushed as she was escorted from school...
  • Police: female faculty member kills three on UA-Huntsville campus

    02/12/2010 3:31:27 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 323 replies · 9,116+ views
    WLBT ^ | 2-12-2010 | WLBT
    HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Police said a female member of the UA-Huntsville staff shot and killed three co-workers on campus. Huntsville Police, Madison County Sheriff's department and HEMSI responded to a shooting at the UAH campus at 4:00 Friday afternoon. The shooting happened in the Shelby Center, a math and science classroom building. Authorities said a female faculty member during a Biology faculty meeting learned she would not receive tenure. She then pulled out a gun and started shooting.
  • NYC student arrested for doodling on school desk

    02/05/2010 9:57:07 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 667+ views
    hosted ^ | Feb 5
    A New York City junior high student has been arrested for doodling on her desk with a marker. Twelve-year-old Alexa Gonzalez scribbled "Lex was here 2/1/10" on her desk Monday at Junior High School 190 in Queens. She also wrote "I love my friends Abby and Faith." The girl says the doodles could have been erased. Moraima Camacho says her daughter was released several hours after she was taken in handcuffs to a police station.
  • Laura Timoney fumes after son Patrick, 9, is busted for bringing 2-inch-long toy gun to PS 52

    02/04/2010 11:23:40 AM PST · by sean327 · 32 replies · 1,140+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | February 3rd 2010, 10:06 PM | Matthew Lysiak
    An irate Staten Island mom blasted a grade school principal Wednesday for treating her son like a pint-sized Plaxico Burress after he brought a 2-inch-long toy gun to school. "This principal is a bully and a coward, and needs to be held accountable," said Laura Timoney, 44, after her teary fourth-grader was nearly suspended for playing with the tiny toy at lunch. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2010/02/04/2010-02-04_big_trouble_over_this_tiny_toy_mom_fuming_at_a_lack_of_common_sense_as_son_buste.html#ixzz0eb3gUwhC
  • "From My Cold Plastic Fingers"

    02/04/2010 9:18:50 AM PST · by .454Puma · 17 replies · 651+ views
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | 02/03/2010 | Transsylvania Phoenix
    More proof gun hating liberals are sick in the head: 9 year old boy suspended from school over 1 inch LEGO toy.
  • NRA backs expelled student's appeal

    01/11/2010 6:07:36 PM PST · by greatdefender · 21 replies · 1,127+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 | Hudson Sangree
    A teenager expelled from his Glenn County high school for having shotguns in his vehicle, which was parked off campus, will challenge his expulsion this week. Gary Tudesko, 16, was expelled from Willows High School in November after a dog detected the guns in his pickup truck on Oct. 26, according to a news release by the National Rifle Association. Tudesko told school officials he'd gone on an early morning duck-hunting trip before school that morning and believed the guns would not be a problem if he parked off campus. Willows is a town of 6,000 surrounded by ranching areas...
  • It’s just common sense (It's more like zero-tolerance is the absence of common sense.)

    01/07/2010 11:00:12 AM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,032+ views
    The News & Review (Chico, Calif.) ^ | 01.07.10 | Staff Editorial
    A student acted responsibly—and was expelled for it By now the story of Gary Tudesko, the Willows High School junior who was expelled after Interquest search dogs sniffed out two unloaded shotguns in his pickup, has spread far and wide, thanks to the Internet. Both the National Rifle Association and the California Rifle and Pistol Association Legal Foundation have come to the youth’s aid. Like many Willows youths, Gary is a hunter, and last November he and a friend went duck hunting before school. Returning just as classes were starting, and knowing that guns weren’t allowed on campus, Gary parked...
  • Young special-needs child suspended for drawing Jesus

    12/15/2009 1:59:50 PM PST · by markomalley · 60 replies · 2,768+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/15/2009 | Victor Morton
    An 8-year-old special-needs child was suspended from school and forced to undergo psychiatric counseling over a picture he drew of Jesus Christ dead on the cross for a Christmas assignment. School officials in Taunton, Mass., said the picture "violated the code of violence in the school handbook," said Toni Saunders, an educational consultant on special-needs children with the Associated Advocacy Center who is working with the boy's family. "I couldn't believe what they were telling me," the boy's father, Chester Johnson, who also works for the school system as a substitute custodian, told The Washington Times on Tuesday. "I asked...
  • Student Suspended Over Show-And-Tell Souvenir(Iowa)

    10/30/2009 8:39:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 40 replies · 1,841+ views
    kcci.com ^ | 27 October, 2009 | na
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Des Moines girl was suspended after school officials said she violated their weapons policy. Jazmine Martin, 12, brought an empty shotgun shell to school on Monday, a souvenir from a summer vacation to South Dakota. The shell was empty and had the word "blank" written on the front. "We went to South Dakota and went to the Circle B Ranch," said Chenoa Martin, Jazmine's mother. "There's a show of the old West -- a stampede. Had a gun shoot-out and stuff like that. When they fire their rifles, they do it into the crowd. It...
  • Student Suspended Over Show-And-Tell Souvenir

    10/28/2009 5:29:03 AM PDT · by LearnsFromMistakes · 65 replies · 2,466+ views
    KCCI TV ^ | OCTOBER 27, 2009
    A Des Moines girl was suspended after school officials said she violated their weapons policy. Jazmine Martin, 12, brought an empty shotgun shell to school on Monday, a souvenir from a summer vacation to South Dakota. The shell was empty and had the word "blank" written on the front.