scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: A pocket knife is a weapon...
Wed Mar 15 2000 - 08:52:56 CST
> These "zero-tolerance" policies really tick me off. They are
> nothing more
> than political ploys,
that may be true, however unlike BSA policy which is very unclear at times a
"Zero-Tolerance" leaves little room for misintrepretation.
> 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
the 4 schools that I have been directly involved with ALWAYS sent home a
policy statement including dress codes and rules with a form for the child
and parent to sign stating that they are aware of the rules. This is usually
included with opening day info.
> 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.
a tool that may and has commonly been used as a weapon of choice by many who
don't own a fire arm
Rules are rules and unfortunatly school violence has become a problem which
has led to these rules. Besides school is for learning, there is no need
for a knife there (at least for a student to bring his own)
just my opinion,