Zero tolerance has really gone too far, and this story is a great example of overzealous school administrators reacting in the worst way possible to something that was completely harmless.
Cowen Road Middle School suspended two dozen students over a Facebook post that encouraged other students to break the school’s dress code because administrators characterized it as a “terroristic threat.”
Most of the students only shared or commented on the post, which only asked other students to break the rules for the final week of school and wear red on Monday, however administrators didn’t seem to acre and suspended the students anyways.
“To me it was just a bunch of 13-year-olds acting crazy,” the father of a one of the students, Christopher Cagle, said. He also said that the principal didn’t inform him that his child, who’s an honor roll student, was going to be suspended while at the same time labeling his actions a “terroristic threat.”
“And (the principal) was like, ‘OK, you’re a threat to our school,’ and then she suspended me,” a 7th grade student said.
According to reports, the students will now face a tribunal which will decide if they’re going to be subjected to any further disciplinary actions.
This is just another example of the asinine zero-tolerance policies making criminals out of otherwise good students. In fact, last year a female student was charged with two felonies for a science experiment that simulated a volcano using a chemical reaction from aluminum foil and drain cleaner.
Such policies are harmful and do nothing but stifle creativity and instill fear in children while teaching them to obey authority at all costs.
What would you do if your child were suspended for something so trivial?