The “zero tolerance” policies upheld by public schools today do not appear to revolve around any sense of reason or practicality. To most of us, they seem absurd and insane. How many children need to be accosted for making pretend guns out of pop-tarts or having a pocket knife in their car before school officials realize how ludicrous their philosophy is? However, I would point out that there is a perfectly rational explanation for such uncompromising zealotry, and that there is indeed logic behind the madness.
Zero tolerance methods act as a form of conditioning; a way to terrorize your children into accepting an anti-gun, anti-weapon, or anti-self defense mindset. I would also suggest that these policies are being encouraged amongst public schools at the federal level. Take note that after Sandy Hook, there was an explosion of strange stories involving school students punished for simply playing imaginary shooting games or fashioning a gun shaped item out of something harmless. This occurred all across the country in multiple states, leading one to suspect that the crackdown is not random, and that there is a program at play. Sadly, there is very little that can be done from within the system to alleviate the destructive nature of public schools. Most of them rely heavily on federal funding just to stay afloat. The only recourse is for liberty minded people to pull their children out of these corrupt institutions and homeschool them.
Brandon Smith, Associate Editor
An Ohio high school student has already been jailed and kicked out of school for having a pocket knife in his car, and now he fears he could lose his dream of serving in the Army.
Jordan Wiser, a student at Ashtabula County Technical School in Jefferson, is finishing up his senior year from home after school officials searched his car in December and found the folding knife and an Airsoft gun. School officials called police, who charged him with illegal conveyance of a weapon onto a school ground based on the three-inch knife.
“I declined to allow them to search myself or my car and that I wanted to talk to my lawyer or my father,” Wiser told FoxNews.com. “They told me it wasn’t an option.”
Wiser, an EMT trainee who hopes to become both a police officer and a soldier, spent 13 days in the Ashtabula County Jail following the incident. The knife, which Wiser said is part of his first responder’s kit and can be used for slicing an accident victim’s seatbelt, was found tucked inside his EMT medical vest in the trunk of the car. The Airsoft gun, which fires non-lethal pellets, was not illegal and was used by Wiser in a shooting club he belongs to, he said.
School officials told FoxNews.com that possession of the pocket knife was a violation of the school’s zero tolerance policy for bringing weapons on campus and that based on a message he posted on an online forum, they had probable cause to search Wiser and his car. They also insisted Wiser consented to the search.
“When we asked, he had said, ‘okay,’” school Superintendent Jerome Brockway said.
Brockway said the district is obliged to motion for expulsion once a student is found with banned items on campus, and said the student handbook states that officials have the right to search a student and his or her vehicle if they have probable cause.
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