I document these instances of zero tolerance idiocy from around the country because incidents like this do happen in Colorado ... and because I want to encourage voters and parents and responsible teachers to resist turning good students into criminal suspects.
Our public school system needs major, deep reform -- a return to teaching and educating and a dismissal of incessant testing and social paranoia. I have stated before and I proclaim again -- no more tax money for the schools until there is some courageous change instituted.
I oppose the Jeffco school districts two taxing measures that will be on the ballot this November 2008. Vote 'no' and send the message to the educrats that we are serious in our demand for better education.
A 10-year-old Hilton Head Island boy has been suspended from school for having something most students carry in their supply boxes: a pencil sharpener.
The problem was his sharpener had broken, but he decided to use it anyway.
A teacher at Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary School noticed the boy had what appeared to be a small razor blade during class on Tuesday, according to a Beaufort County sheriff's report.
It was obvious that the blade was the metal insert commonly found in a child's small, plastic pencil sharpener, the deputy noted.
The boy -- a fourth-grader described as a well-behaved and good student -- cried during the meeting with his mom, the deputy and the school's assistant principal.
He had no criminal intent in having the blade at school, the sheriff's report stated, but was suspended for at least two days and could face further disciplinary action.
District spokesman Randy Wall said school administrators are stuck in the precarious position between the district's zero tolerance policy against having weapons at school and common sense.
"We're always going to do something to make sure the child understands the seriousness of having something that could potentially harm another student, but we're going to be reasonable," he said.