Monday, October 12, 2009

Worst school district nominee:
Zero tolerance for cub scout eating utensils

A school in Newark, Delaware, has sentenced a 6-year-old to 45 days in the district's reform school for bringing to school a cub scout eating utensil that combined a fork, spoon, and knife. School officials say they  had no choice. They had to suspend him because knives are banned "regardless of possessor’s intent.”

This would have been a worst state law nominee, except the Delaware legislature recently changed the law to allow schools to be lenient on a case-by-case basis, after a third grader had been expelled for a year after her grandmother sent a cake to school for the kid's birthday and also sent a knife to cut it. So this school district didn't have to do this but, after thinking about it, thought it would be the right thing to do, because somebody might get their eye  put out. Really.

"There is no parent who wants to get a phone call where they hear that their child no longer has two good seeing eyes because there was a scuffle and someone pulled out a knife,” said George Evans, the president of the Christina district’s school board. He defended the decision, but added that the board might adjust the rules when it comes to younger children like Zachary.

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