scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Zero Tolerance
Sat Mar 18 2000 - 19:40:52 CST
If zero tolerance is such a bad thing, why are the requirements written "no
more, no less." Doesn't it seem more appropriate in light of the lack of
judgment involved to let Johnny do only the first two requirements, because he
tried "so hard" but Jimmy has to do all of them plus some extra ones that the
counselor thought up, because Jimmy was very proficient and more capable.
Where do you draw the line and say that this infraction of the rule against
carrying knives to school is okay, this infraction gets a one day suspension and
this infraction gets expelled? And what about the infraction that is worse than
#1 but not quite as bad as #2?
I for one, would much rather that school administrations be occupied
administering schools than tied up in a lot of legal battles. It is unfortunate
that our society as a whole, has descended to the point that common sense has
become an uncommon virtue, and an invalid defense for a particular action. But
The rules are the rules. You can do one of three things: you can live with
them, you can try to change them or you can break them and be prepared to suffer
the consequences. There is one other option, you can change schools.
Just my opinion, I could be wrong.