Making Kids into Thought Criminals in the name of "Zero Tolerance"

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

February 6, 2013

During recess at Mary Blair Elementary School in Loveland, Colorado, second-grader Alex Evans was suspended for playing a game in which he pretended to throw an imaginary grenade into a box containing what he called ?evil forces.? This was interpreted as a violation of the school?s code of conduct, which forbids imaginary fighting and recess play involving imaginary weapons.

In Alexandria, Virginia, a fifth-grade student was arrested and detained after showing a classmate a toy gun. The plastic replica was obviously a toy, not a weapon. Yet the child was charged with ?brandishing a weapon.? The superintendent insisted that the arrest was justified and praised the police for their ?quick response.?

Daniel McClaine, Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School in Florence, Arizona, was suspended for saving a photograph of an AK-47 on a school-issued laptop computer. A teacher noticed his screensaver and turned him in for violating a school policy prohibiting ?sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures.?

The purpose behind ?zero-tolerance? policies that result in such absurd abuses isn?t to promote student safety, but to cultivate an aversion to weapons in the hands of anybody other than officially licensed purveyors of state-sanctioned violence.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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