Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Zero-Tolerance Watch

Fear of guns in this country has become totally, irrationally, batshit crazy. In Georgia, a seventh grader took a BB gun onto a school bus. Not a real gun, a BB gun. Now, BB guns can be dangerous, you could put somebody's eye out with one of those things. So I have no problem with rules against BB guns on school buses.

It's the punishment that's wrong. The boy has been expelled from school for a year and a half. That is way out of line for what is essentially a dangerous toy. There is probably no similar punishment for carrying a lawn dart, and those things were way more dangerous than BB guns. It's that "G" word that gets everybodies panties in a twist.

But it gets worse. Much worse. Two other boys have been expelled for a year and a half as well. Their "crime?"
Bussey and Burns were expelled for a year and a half for touching the gun.
Absolute, total, zero-tolerance lunacy.


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