Zero Tolerance–Teachers and School Officials Need to Get Thicker Skin

When I read this story, I kept wondering if it was real.  It is so outrageous and ridiculous and crazy and . . .   You get the idea.  There just aren’t enough words to express how incredible this situation is.

But it is real.  Here is the report from WTVR CBS 6 News:

 A 14-year old girl could be charged with assault and battery after she threw a baby carrot at one of her former teachers. School disciplinary documents allege a baby carrot was used as a weapon in an assault and battery of a Moody Middle School teacher.

“I don’t even know how to combat the stupidity,” Karrie May, whose 14-year-old daughter Aliya is currently suspended for launching the vegetable, said. May said her daughter has been out of school for a month.

With no comment from the school, it is hard to know what they are thinking, but on the surface it seems that the harsh punishment to Aliya for what was not even a prank must be the result of some zero tolerance policy in the school system.  It seems like every few weeks some school official somewhere in the country is in the news because he or she has taken zero tolerance policy too far.  This is how the kid who made the clock got in the news, but then, he had a higher power come to his defense.  I don’t suppose any elected official will praise Aliya for hitting her teacher with a carrot, but it sure would be good if the teacher could get thicker skin and the school officials could resolve this issue without making the student miss school for over a month!

The girl threw a carrot in a playful way to get the attention of her teacher.  Was that good behavior?  Maybe not.  But was it an offense worthy of detention, let alone a month of suspension? And now, she is facing assault and battery charges in court! Common sense must come to the forefront in cases like this. School officials need to learn to be more flexible when dealing with kids.  School officials need to spend time doling out harsh discipline to kids who bully other kids, and letting kids like Aliya stay after school to clean a classroom for a day.