Can you imagine having to go to your kid’s school and deal with a disciplinary action against him? It’s probably not that hard to imagine for some, but what if your kid is only 6 years old? Is this something that is acceptable these days?
If you knew about Zachary Christie’s case, then you just might understand what his parents are going through. You see, little Zach had recently joined the Cub Scouts. And as you may know, you get to play with all these cool tools in the Cub Scouts. Zachary got a utensil that functions as a spoon, a fork, and a knife, and he was all excited about it; so excited that he brought it to school so he could use it at lunch.
What started out as enthusiasm for his newfound hobby, turned out to be a bad thing for him, though. His school, which is under the Christina School District, has a zero tolerance policy on weapons. And for the school officials, Zachary’s nifty tool falls under the category of weapons. The result of his action was suspension. The school says that regardless of the intent of the possessor, they have to “punish” him. Now, Zach is at home being home-schooled by his mom.
I couldn’t help but be confused and outraged at the same time. While we want to keep our schools safe, do we have to go this far? Is this how we look at cases today? What do you think, is the school right or should they have taken a different approach?