scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: FW: Re: A pocket knife is a weapon...
Rohde, James E NCX (james.rohde@ABBOTT.COM
Sat Mar 18 2000 - 10:30:04 CST
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> From: Rohde, James E NCX
> Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2000 7:48 AM
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> Subject: Re: A pocket knife is a weapon...
> << other comments on the Cub Scout carrying the knife in school>>
> <<The specific knife he wanted was a Schrade Old Timer with two
> blades. The administration was a little taken aback at this, because of
> "no weapons in school" thing. They talked it over with the principle.
> principle knows my son, is aware that he is a Scout, a good student and
> regular volunteer for raising the flags every school day (he organized and
> recruited his fellow Scouts for this task.) The principle approved the
> purchase. To keep within "the rules", I picked up the knife for him and
> gave to him off campus. I believe it was because the school
> knew that my son is a Scout, trained in the proper use of a pocketknife,
> that they approved his request. >>
> Isn't that something!! A school principal that can use good judgement and
> people that are working within the rules. That's all I think that all of
> us are after! This thread reminded me of a story that I saw on TV. The
> girl brought her lunch to school, roasted chicken. Her mother had packed
> it for her. Upon opening her lunch box she saw that mom had packed a
> steak knife to cut the meat. Knowing her school policy on knives and
> "zero tolerance" she promptly took it to a lunch monitor and said "my mom
> packed this in my lunch box and I know we aren't supposed to have it."
> The lunch monitor promptly marched her to the office, called police, and
> had the girl expelled from school. That is where "zero tolerance" can
> Zero tolerance takes away peoples ability to think, to make a decision,
> and their freedom. The boy should have been taken to the office,
> explained the seriousness of his actions, and his parents called to the
> office. Depending on the circumstances, if there was a threat or other
> circumstances perhaps further discipline would be appropriate. I am not
> trying to minimize the infraction of the rules, just to maximize the
> common sense that we all should be using.
> Jim Rohde
> ASM Troop 544
> Kenosha, WI