Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Zero Tolerance = Zero Thought.

Zeeke42 sent me this story, first seen in a comment at Tam's but also all over Facebook:

Grand Island Preschooler Asked to Change the Sign for His Name in School
Hunter Spanjer says his name with a certain special hand gesture, but at just three and a half years old, he may have to change it.
"He's deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy," explained Hunter's father, Brian Spanjer.
My initial thought was WTF?, but I realized something. Make the PC idiocy work to your advantage here. Sue the school under the ADA - this child has a legitimate disability, and the school is not allowing him equal access under the law. It's a clear ADA violation - unless they can prove that other students have had to change their names as well.

The only way we're going to get rid of "zero tolerance" is to make it prohibitively expensive for schools to roll out moronic blanket policies like "nothing resembling a weapon". Hey, morons? That pencil that kid's holding? ZOMG IT'S A SPEAR! WEAPON!!!!! ZOMG THE CRAYON TOO!

The fact that no one stopped, took a step back, and said, you know, asking a three year old deaf kid to change his name is a really stupid idea is scary. That they're so slavishly adherent to the zero tolerance mindset is predictable. The only way to reach these people is by making their own policies start to hurt them.

And until that happens, we'll be here to make fun of the idiots...

That is all.


Anonymous said...

I was going to send this to you, but someone beat me too the punch. This is unbelievably stupid, and I hope the parents sue the crap out of the distric, and help fund the kid's higher education.

Anonymous said...

I got a hand sign for you right here!


Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

I've said it elsewhere: The only appropriate response from a parent to this idiocy is some variation of "Go fu@k yourselves with a rusty chainsaw."

Stretch said...

Do we have enough rope?
And how much weight can a lamp post hold?

Old NFO said...

To piggyback on Stretch, No and not enough... sigh