Tuesday, March 25, 2014

More Fun With Zero Tolerance!

#1 Blogdaughter sends this one in. SMH here.

Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer
A 9-year-old Colorado girl was kept out of school on Monday after shaving her head to support a friend battling cancer.

KDVR.com reports that officials at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction told the student, Kamryn, she couldn't come back to class without a wig or until her natural hair grew back because her shaved head violates the school's dress code.
The academy has a dress code which states no shaved heads. Now, I'm going to assume here that this is a K-12 private academy and the rule was aimed at the high school-aged kids, but the sheer dumbassery involved in the decision to suspend a 9 year old girl for shaving her head in support of a friend with cancer just takes zero tolerance BS to a new level. I mean, it's one thing to suspend a kid because he had a knife in his car - dumb as *that* may be - but for a shaved head?

Then again, I may be a little biased...

I'd love to see a whole bunch of parents shave their heads in protest of this idiotic decision, but I don't see it happening. I do hope that story after story of these moronic "zero tolerance" policies starts to get at least someone thinking about scrapping them. It seems like they create far more problems than they solve - because very few issues truly are "one size fits all." Even in the ones you think would be a slam-dunk - like, say, immediate suspension for drugs in school - becomes significantly more (to borrow a term from our Secretary of State) nuanced when the definition of "drug" is stretched to "over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol." It's easy to boot a kid for having a couple ounces of weed, but a trial size Tylenol bottle?

Zero Tolerance: It's Easier Than Thinking!

That is all.


Dave H said...

Zero Tolerance: It's Easier Than Getting Sued!

Anonymous said...

Hey, that's local news for me! From what I understand, it's not a private school, it's a charter school, and they are "looking into revising" their policies. And they are being yelled at by everyone else.

Sigivald said...

It's easy to boot a kid for having a couple ounces of weed, but a trial size Tylenol bottle?

A couple ounces?

That's ... a whole lot of weed.

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Jay. I had no idea my blood pressure was too low today. Happy to report that I passed the pressure test.

Justin said...

This is exactly what happens when you let government think for you.

Anonymous said...

It is not Zero Tolerance, it is Zero INTELLIGENCE.

It will not stop until the people involved in these idiocies suffer for their actions. Either Financially, Professionally, or Personally. Best thing is if people in their community shun, mock and ridicule the cretins, and demand their removal.

After 2 or 3 over-educated idiots get booted, word will get around. The educable ones will learn.

Phssthpok said...

What sickens me the most is that parents have been conditioned to fight to get their children back into these mini-prison/indoctrination centers. Best thing they could do for a child in that situation is to never send them back!

Old NFO said...

Just simply amazing how stupid some of these 'educators' are... sigh

Cargosquid said...

What would be great is if more of the school shaved THEIR heads in support of both girls.

Heh....just get a Doctor's note.

I know that my pediatrician would write one in a heart beat.

Dave H said...

School board voted 3-1 to let her back in school.

I'm curious who cast the one dissenting vote.