Perhaps one of the worst things that has arisen from the plethora of school shootings and crimes in recent years is the “Zero Tolerance” policies that schools have now adopted. Now children can be suspended or even expelled for doing things that 20 years ago (when I was in gradeschool) would have received a missed recess or less. Like an overprotective parent, schools are going to succeed in teaching children that they cannot take care of themselves, that they are exercising “criminal” behavior by inadvertantly bringing a plastic knife to school to cut the meat for their sandwich. At the school here in Warsaw, children during lunch time have to talk quietly and cannot sit where they want. Is this not ridiculous? As I recall, the lunchroom was the loudest and funnest place to be during the school day. I just don’t think this bodes well for the future. If everything is a crime, then…you guessed it. Kyrie eleison. My heart goes out to parents whose children were brutally murdered at their school or college, but with all due respect–they are they last people that should be sitting on school boards. They are way too emotionally charged to think rationally about what decisions they are making for the schools. The bottom line is this: these things are going to happen as long as the devil and sin are in the world, and especially when there is a lack of discipline and good parenting in the home. Better security and Zero Tolerance policies will only confound the problem.
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