In Bedford, Texas, a 16-year-old honor student was expelled after a security guard noticed a kitchen knife on the floor of the students car. The knife apparently had fallen unnoticed as the student carted some of his grandmothers possessions to Goodwill. He was ordered to spend a year in a juvenile-justice education program and banished from district property and school-sponsored activities. In Deer Lakes, Pennsylvania, a kindergarten student was suspended for bringing a toy axe to school.
Zero tolerance is a policy concerning issues in todays society that are thought to be extremely dangerous. The three main focuses of the policy are incidences of violence, drugs, and alcohol. Zero tolerance treats children as if they were adults, and removes the “innocent until proven guilty” philosophy on which our country thrives. This policy could be extremely harmful to the lives of the students it affects and, “[…] disrupts the lives and educations of good students nearly as often as it does those of troubled students.” This happens by treating all offenses dealing with the aforementioned issues and all students equally, even if the student has had a flawless record and had obviously no harmful intent (Starr 1).
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