I have long been awestruck by the innate stupidity of "zero tolerance" policies applied in our schools. As this article by John W. Whitehead shows, they have been ineffective at reducing crime or bad behavior; but very effective at teaching our children that they have no rights under the law.
One factor that Mr. Whitehead does not consider may be a motivator: the concern school administrators have of being subject to lawsuits. For this reason, I would be in favor of a carefully-written law to provide limited immunity from lawsuits to educators who apply what most of us would consider to be reasonable discipline. It should be a State law, but I suppose the Feds have already trumped it.
In any event, whatever happened to the idea that one of the principal purposes of education was to produce informed citizens? "Zero tolerance" gives our young people the wrong information.
Virtual buckeye to Syclone538 at the Ohio Freedom Alliance.