Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Zero Tolerance Idiocy Rears Its Head...

And this time, the location may very well surprise you...

Knife found in dad's car may get teen banned from graduation, family says
A Tennessee teenager may not be allowed to attend his high school graduation after administrators found a knife inside his father’s car and slapped the student with a 10-day suspension.

On Thursday, during a random lockdown at Northeast High School in Clarksville, the car that David Duren-Sanner drove to school was chosen to be searched, according to News Channel 5. Duren-Sanner, a senior, said he gave permission for officials to look inside the car because he had nothing to hide.
See, there's your first mistake right there. Never give permission. Secondly, I'm trying to figure out how on earth having a fishing knife in one's vehicle is worth a 10 day suspension, a mandatory half-school year at an "alternate" school, and criminal charges. Really? For a freakin' fishing knife? In a locked car. I'm sure that's *exactly* why the school instituted those rules, to keep kids from running out to their cars to get a paring knife.

What's surprising is that this was in Tennessee. Oh, sure, I could see this in Massachusetts, in a heartbeat. A state that would make a felony out of someone for a single piece of .22LR brass in a boot tread? I could see them doing that. Ditto NY - after the travesty that was the SAFE Act, nothing would surprise me in the Empire state. But Tennessee? The state that gives us Graceland, Jack Daniels, and Dragon Leatherworks?

Shakin' my head here, folks...

That is all.

6 comments:

Bubblehead Les. said...

Of course, we do need to take into account that Clarksville Tennessee is a HUGE Metropolis with a Youth Gang Problem to rival New York, L.A. and Chicago!

Or some STOOPID School Administrators think that they are the Biggest Fish in a Teensie Weensie Tiny Little Pond....

Armed Texan said...

I used to joke that we need to bring back tar and feathers. I'm no longer joking; we need to bring back tar and feathers. These unelected bureaucrats need to feel our wrath since we have little sway over their hiring and firing.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

More here.

Three words from that article that pretty much define the root of the problem - "random lockdown search".

Why the frack are those three words even allowed to occupy the same sentence, and why the hell is this being perpetrated in the United States?

tl;dr - Welcome to Amerika. Portable telescreens are issued from the kiosk on your left, and morning jerks are scheduled for 0600. Papieren, bitte.

Anonymous said...

Armed Texan I am with you on this one. We can use their own defense of dangerous weapons and zero tolerance on them. You want us to stop? Well there's zero chance of that and we are tolerating this punishment just fine thank you.

I swear that Terri Schiavo had a higher IQ then the idiots who are in charge of zero tolerance.

DO

Geodkyt said...

I wonder if Tennessee has their Zero Tolerance Idiocy written into state statute, meaning the schools system is kinda stuck.

There are similar stupid statutes in Virginia that mandate the punishments for weapons or drug violations by students. Hated dealing with those while I was on the school board. . .

TOTWTYTR said...

If the family hires the right lawyer, before you know it the school system will be backpedaling at the speed of light and their press releases will be full of phrases such as,

"misunderstanding"

"I think we all learned a valuable lesson here"

"We deeply apologize for the actions of our employees"

School administrators are bullies and should be treated as such.