From Patterico’s Pontifications:
Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:43 pm
Because I have zero tolerance for making a five-year-old wet his pants over a cap gun:
A kindergartner who brought a cowboy-style cap gun onto his Calvert County school bus was suspended for 10 days after showing a friend the orange-tipped toy, which he had tucked inside his backpack on his way to school, according to his family and a lawyer.
The child was questioned for more than two hours before his mother was called, she said, adding that he uncharacteristically wet his pants during the episode. The boy is 5 — “all bugs and frogs and cowboys,” his mother said.
The cap gun was not loaded with caps — but if it had been . . .
More at the link. A Patterico commenter wrote:
Zero tolerance is only ever about absolving those “in charge” of the obligation to make an informed decision when something untoward occurs. If you are not required to make a decision, then you cannot make a mistake and therefore can never be blamed. Classic CYA tactics.
The “zero tolerance” policies are designed to shield school districts from lawsuits, by not allowing them to use discretion which might result in a discrimination charge. If you suspend a black student for something, and it can be discovered that a white student was not suspended for an arguably similar offense, racial discrimination is argued, and practically assumed. The #FreeKate meme is that Kaitlyn Hunt’s offense would not have resulted in criminal charges had it been a heterosexual liaison, and therefore we are to assume that, horrors! discrimination against homosexuals has come into play.
Trouble is, in this case, the school district has set itself up for a lawsuit: interrogating a kindergartener for two hours, to the point that he wet his pants, is clearly an abusive tactic. Further, while the child is not named here, you can be certain that the other kids heard about little Johnnie peeing his pants, and he will be subjected to humiliation and taunting when he returns to kindergarten.
Here’s hoping that the parents sue the school, and demand, as part of their compensation, that all of the involved school officials be terminated. At some point, stupidity must be held responsible.