The Intelligence of Zero-Tolerance
What is it about little boys and miming a handgun with their forefinger that brings out the worst of adult behavior? Or, for that matter, are the “adults” any better when confronted with imaginary bows and arrows, pink bubble guns or partially eaten pop tarts? Have we become so scared that anything might happen to someone’s progeny that we have abdicated our capacity for independent thought?
Somehow, I made it to adulthood under the belief that the adults were supposed to set an example of behavior that the children could learn to emulate as they developed an increasing level of maturity.
Consider the following: Not only can a school district in Maryland suspend a 7 year old boy for biting his Pop-Tart into the rough shape of a gun but now we have the legislature of the great state of Florida passing HB7029 – Code of Student Conduct which effectively prohibits the disciplining of a student for eating his Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.
Who is 6 years old and who is 7?
At some point the subjects of all this “adult” attention (a.k.a. the children) are going to have to absorb sufficient knowledge of how to behave from these “adults” to become functioning members of society.
God help us, please!