Go Figure

  1. THIS IS TRUE!
    Administrators at Diamond Hill-Jarvis High
    School in Ft. Worth, Texas, spotted an 8-inch bat
    in a car parked in the lot. They traced the auto
    to sophomore Cory Henson, a junior varsity
    baseball player, and pulled him out of class so
    he could unlock the car for a search. "Weapon!"
    they cried as they confiscated the tiny bat that
    had fallen off a baseball trophy. Per the
    district's zero tolerance policy, Henson was
    suspended pending an expulsion hearing. Police
    declined to file criminal charges, and Henson's
    mother wondered why the school didn't have any
    problem with the full-size aluminum baseball bat
    that was also in the car. At the hearing, school
    officials declared the tiny bat was not a weapon
    and ended the suspension.
    (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)
    ...Sure: once they realized that they had
    awarded him that trophy they pretty much had to.
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   warrior woman
    Schools have gone overboard with the zero tolerance crap. I'm all for safety, but I can't even go back to my old high school without an "escort" like I'm a common criminal. Let me tell you something: I pay PLENTY of taxes in order to support that school, I should be able to walk into the building without being made to feel like a criminal. Schools need to remember that those buildings are there for the COMMUNITY, and not just the administration, and students.
  4. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from warrior woman
    Schools have gone overboard with the zero tolerance crap. I'm all for safety, but I can't even go back to my old high school without an "escort" like I'm a common criminal. Let me tell you something: I pay PLENTY of taxes in order to support that school, I should be able to walk into the building without being made to feel like a criminal. Schools need to remember that those buildings are there for the COMMUNITY, and not just the administration, and students.
    Very well put, my friend.
  5. by   sdg
    Something like this happened in Alabama also. A third grader had a 1-inch plastic gun replica that came off of a GI Joe. He was also suspended for a week. I don't remember the other details.
  6. by   Energizer Bunny
    I agree that this story was ridiculous but I certainly don't mind having to check in at the office every time I walk into my kids' schools. I want them protected...the world has gone crazy!
  7. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from CNM2B
    I agree that this story was ridiculous but I certainly don't mind having to check in at the office every time I walk into my kids' schools. I want them protected...the world has gone crazy!
    Isn't that the ever living truth. Check your email messages. I sent some info on CPR.
  8. by   Groovydogg
    As ridiculous as it sounds the choice is either zero tolerence or not. take drugs. a kid gets suspended for having a tylenol and giving it to a prementrual girl. crazy? supose the girl has a reaction and dies. what happensf? the school gets sued. Suppose a person goes on a rampage and beats a kid with a 12 inch bat, what happens? the school gets sued because some kid had a "weapon". That is the state of the world sue happy lawyers/people. I'm only 39 and things have changed so much that I can't imagine how things will be for my two year old
  9. by   unknown99
    my son's friend had a toolbox in the back of his pickup. They were doing searches that day. In the very bottom of his toolbox were some shotgun shells that were so old that they had rusted to the bottom of the toolbox!!! and had been there since before he bought the truck!!! They expelled the boy. He was a senior in high school with only 3 weeks left to graduation!!!
    Of course his parents fought it and won.

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