Thursday, May 14, 2009

On stupid laws

From 11 Alive:

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The latest case of zero-tolerance at the public schools has a 10-year-old student sadder and wiser, and facing expulsion and long-term juvenile detention. And it has his mother worried that his punishment has already been harsher than the offense demands.

"I think I shouldn't have brought a gun to school in the first place," said the student, Alandis Ford, sitting at home Thursday night with his mother, Tosha Ford, at his side.

Alandis' gun was a "cap gun," a toy cowboy six-shooter that his mother bought for him.

"We got it from Wal-Mart for $5.96," Tosha Ford said, "in the toy section right next to the cowboy hats. That's what he wanted because it was just like the ones he was studying for the Civil War" in his fifth-grade class at Fairview Elementary School.

Having once been a victim of "zero tolerance" myself (middle school -- most awful years of my life!), I can testify that these are the most stupid laws ever created in history of these United States. That's all I've got to say about that.


Brett said...

My brother was once HANDCUFFED BY POLICE at the age of 9 years old for having a 2-inch super-soaker keychain on his backpack. It's absurd.