Judy Eudy came out in the Baytown Sun Sunday criticizing the handling of the student in Barbers Hill over his long hair and the policy against him. I don’t have a dog in this fight, but let me toss this out:
I am guessing the zero tolerance rule is being applied here, which was one of the worse decisions to enter our school leadership. Years ago, my son brought a Swiss Army “knife” to Crockett a year after this came into effect. I think he was in the third grade. I gave it to him. It had a toothpick, and a nail file in it and was intended to carry to use after a meal, etc. It had no knife blade.
He got three days suspension levied on him, a mark on his record of bringing a weapon to school, and a threat. When I made a face to face appeal, I was told because it “looked” like a knife, the best they could do is give him one day suspension, citing the zero tolerance rule. I was livid, but had no choice but to comply.
Zero tolerance negates any and all judgment and liability by the teacher and further removes their authority and the freedoms of students. Make an exception and get this out of the news media which will have a field day.