scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: zero tolerance policies
Dale & Donna Buss (buss_family@HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 18 2000 - 15:32:28 CST
Zero tolerance policies aimed toward knives are not prohibition policies,
but safety issues. Does a school aged kid always have his head screwed on
right and will NEVER do anything foolish with a knife? (I'm not even talking
about using it as a weapon at this point.) Will a kid NEVER lose his knife
in his pocket and have it fall in to the hands of student who has violent
tendencies? Not every student is rational, well-behaved, thoughtful,
trustworthy, honest, etc. You cannot make rules that say it is okay to have
a knife if you are a scout, but others can't.
If you don't like zero tolerance policies, think about running for a school
board and listen to the garbage that comes from SOME OF the mouths of the
parents and students in a district. It is truly frightening. We come from
a small rural school district (under 350 total) and you would not believe
how many parents complain their child lacks control in the classroom because
the child has a personality conflict with a teacher! My husband is a
principal and was told by one parent that if he stayed beside her child all
day (every day), the child would not be a problem anymore....The parent was
SERIOUS. I don't know when he was supposed to do everything else for all
the other students, teachers and parents if he sat by her child all day.
Count your blessings if you have a well-acclimated child--especially if they
are a scout, 4-H member or other youth organization member. But you can't
raise all the kids in your school district. I'm sure there are days my own
son, an Eagle Scout, has probably forgotten and had his pocketknife in his
pocket. Thank God he didn't get caught.
It appears to me we all have a little zero tolerance in us even in scouting.
Some in scouting have no tolerance for improperly uniformed scouts, some
no tolerance for merit badge mills. Still others have no tolerance for
untrained leaders (or in some cases on this list it appears there is no
tolerance for excessively trained leaders). Some even have zero tolerance
for zero tolerance policies (a wimpy attempt at humor.)
The difference is we can agree to disagree without casting judgement on one
another as people. The same will be true of all rules our society places on
one another--we may not agree, but we're not willing to break them and
jeopardize ourselves or others.
Donna S. Buss
Media, IL 61460
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