Charles P. Ewing, a professor of law and psychology at the University at Buffalo Law School who has written about school safety issues, said he favored a strict zero-tolerance approach.
“There are still serious threats every day in schools,” Dr. Ewing said, adding that giving school officials discretion holds the potential for discrimination and requires the kind of threat assessments that only law enforcement is equipped to make.
Because, you know that only a cop is able to decide whether a Cub Scout eating tool is a danger to society at large, and the elementary school lunch room in particular.
As Dymphna put it,
Of course [little Zachary Christie] he’s not a threat. The bureaucrats are the threat.
And God deliver us from Charles P. Ewing and his evil sort.
Betsy calls the administrators on their cowardice:
I suspect that, deep down, many administrators don’t want to be allowed to use their discretion. They’re too afraid of other parents complaining or accusations of selective discipline. It’s easier on them and the school board to just have a blanket policy. And forget about the six-year old little boy who is sentenced to reform school. But you know what? That should be why you become an administrator – because you’re willing to make tough decisions and because you’re willing to see children as individuals not just names on discipline reports.
I have a number of questions on this very disturbing story:
Since this innocent child has been sentenced to 45 days in reform school, what resort do the parents have?
Pulling him out of public school?
Moving out of the district?
If I were the parents, no way my child would be going to reform school for 45 days.