More Pocket Knife Hysteria

Congratulations to 6-year-old Zachary Christie on having his sentence lessened from 45 days in a snake pit to a 3–5-day suspension for the non-crime of bringing his Cub Scout camping knife-fork-spoon to school. Unfortunately, Zachary’s case isn’t an isolated incident. This one may even top it:

A 17-year-old Eagle Scout in upstate New York has been barred from stepping foot on school grounds for 20 days — for keeping a 2-inch pocketknife locked in a survival kit in his car.

Matthew Whalen, a senior at Lansingburgh Senior High School, says he follows the Boy Scout motto and is always prepared, stocking his car with a sleeping bag, water, a ready-to-eat meal — and the knife, which was given to him by his grandfather, a police chief in a nearby town.

But Lansingburgh High has a zero-tolerance policy, and when school officials discovered that Whalen kept his knife locked in his car, he says, they suspended him for five days — and then tacked on an additional 15 after a hearing.

Nothing sums up the mind frame of the totalitarian moonbats that run our schools like the phrase “zero tolerance.”

This pointless exercise in petty tyranny could jeopardize Whalen’s dream of attending West Point.

On a tip from Frank W. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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