scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: A pocket knife is a weapon...
Wed Mar 15 2000 - 08:29:17 CST
These "zero-tolerance" policies really tick me off. They are nothing more
than political ploys, usually rammed through by an incumbent during an
election year, and all they do is relieve the responsible officials of
having to take any responsibility. "Oh, it's out of my hands -- the policy
says that I *have* to expel Sally for bringing a fingernail file to
Now, we cannot relieve that boy of 100% of the blame. He should have known
of the policy (unfortunately, school districts aren't all that good at
conveying all of their policies to the kids until its too late). However,
this raises the question of "what's a weapon?". Does a correctly trained
scout consider a pocket knife to be a weapon? Of course not -- (all
together now): it's a TOOL. Much like a sharp pencil, or a fingernail
Now, if he was brandishing the open knife at somebody or threatening them,
then he should be expelled (or jailed for assault). But it doesn't sound
like this was the case here.
We've got to stop using policies as a crutch at all levels of society.
Give the responsiblity back to the responsible people (be they school
administrators or sentencing judges), and keep the darn politicians out of
Well, that's just my opinion... I could be wrong.
John A. Pershing Jr. <email@example.com>
ACM Pack 36 / ASM Troop 36, Westchester-Putnam (NY) Council