Making Something Out of Nothing

This story has once again confirmed what I have thought for a while: our society is turning non-criminal behavior into crimes and fails adequately to punish behavior that actually is criminal. Summary: a 10 year old boy was suspended, yes, suspended, for using a broken pencil sharpener at school. Why did this even have to be reported? Why couldn’t the teacher have just said, “Billy, I’m going to have to take that from you. That is too dangerous to be carrying around.” This is absolutely absurd, and it is happening everywhere! Meanwhile, people who actually deserve to be suspended, or put in jail, or gased are let off with a slap on the hand. The result of this over a long period of time is that the children who are going through school now are going to grow up with a totally skewed perspective of what is and is not criminal behavior. If I were that boy’s parents, I would be all over that school, its administration, and the teacher that reported it. What a crock!

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About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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