Monday, October 12, 2009

Zero Tolerance or Zero Common Sense

The Odd Case of Zachary Christie: Child Menace or Victim of Fascism

Zachary Christie photo by Mustafah Abdulaziz new york timesThe Facts About Zachary Christie: Newark, Delaware. Taking a camping utensil that can serve as a knife, fork and spoon to school. He was so excited about recently joining the Cub Scouts that he wanted to use it at lunch. School officials concluded that he had violated their zero-tolerance policy on weapons, and Zachary was suspended and now faces 45 days in the district’s reform school. There is no mention that Zachary did anything to any other child. The only fact is that he pulled it out to use it at lunch.

No one mentioned what utensils were provided at lunch in the school lunch room. No one mentioned any incidents at that particular school.

The facts are: school officials are fascist at every level of school; they are only kept in check by an overwhelming fear and dread of parents suing them. You end up with cases like Zachary Christie: a complete disconnect from common sense and an overwhelming need to apply the law to the fullest extent.

His parents are now homeschooling him. The alternative was for him to go to reform school. REFORM SCHOOL? Are you kidding me? Someone has to put an end to this. His mother is trying to appeal this decision. I say she see the writing on the wall while he’s 6 and take him out of public school right now.

The school board tried to retaliate by saying, “no parent wants to receive a phone call that their child will no longer be seeing out of both eyes because someone pulled out a weapon during a scuffle.” I say no parent, in this economy, needs to suddenly be hit with home school your child and quit your job. And, you know, it goes without saying, they could care less. They could care less if a child lost their eyes or not, they just don’t want to be sued over it.

Is someone going to finally stand up to the school boards. They need to be sued out of existence really. At the heart of the matter is that government run schools don't work. We need to remove taxes being taken for schools and only private schools remain. It is far more fair to those without children than you be taxed all your life for school when your child only goes to school for 12 years. Where's the sense in taxing someone for 60 years for a 12 year stint? Obviously home schooling is the answer these days. The government should get out of education because they always fail at whatever they do.

My prayers go out the Christie family.

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