scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Zero Tolerance
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET
Thu Jun 01 2000 - 13:18:01 CDT
Dale Karweik wrote:
> We have, by our slience, given the schools the authority to impose very
> questionable policies in the name of safety. It is my stand that we start
> to discuss this with our individual school systems and remove this
> impediment to freedom.
Dale is correct.
I believe we need to evaluate each incident and make a decision based upon the
individual situation. That's what took place when I was in school, and took
place in most public schools until the last decade or so. School superintendents
and principals need to use their brains and decision making abilities instead of
hiding behind zero tolerance rules.
I have a son and a daughter-in-law teaching in two different school districts.
They tell me that the "bad kids" often use zero tolerance rules to get the "good
kids" in trouble. The "bad kids" don't care if they get assigned to alternative
schools or get expelled so they are willing cause trouble and get the "good
kids" in trouble too.
Parents should attend School Board meetings and protest zero tolerance rules.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
I used to be an Owl (WM-62-2-98 @ Philmont)