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    Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    This story is really a sad representation of the state of our school system. A 10 yr old girl is suspended for bringing a steak knife to school to cut up her lunch? Did absolutely NOTHING inappropriate, but the school suspends her anyway. I know we don't want kids having weapons in schools, but can't we be reasonable. What would be wrong with her teacher simply telling her that she couldn't have the knife and why; cut up the lunch for the kid and take the knife away and send her home with a note to her parents outlining school policy.


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    Re: Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    It isn't just gone in the schools...



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    Re: Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    i saw this on the news this morning. some of this no tolerance crap is a bunch of a bull. REALLY? I saw another one a couple weeks ago where a boy (granted, 13 years old and should have known better) tossed a crayon at a teacher. Instant suspension. I guess they can just throw away all the detention slips....



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    Re: Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    Just out of curiousity, does anyone else know what would have happened if the school didn't take this action and other parents found out about it? The school would have been sued for endangerment, and would have lost.


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    Re: Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    Quote Originally Posted by cys_av8r View Post
    It isn't just gone in the schools...
    You're right about that! I stand corrected.



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    Re: Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    I used to think these stories were a little out of hand, but my wife is a middle school teacher and sometimes I fear for her safety. And it's not like she's at a bad inner city school.

    The thing is that some kids are out of control and there are no consequences coming at home so they have to get punished in school. The news stories rarely tell the whole story.



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    Re: Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    The title of your thread suggests you seem to believe this is a new development?




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    Re: Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone62 View Post
    Just out of curiousity, does anyone else know what would have happened if the school didn't take this action and other parents found out about it? The school would have been sued for endangerment, and would have lost.
    i don't know about that. just go take the knife away from the girl, explain the situation, and call the mother and explain it to her.



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    Re: Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    I completely agree that schools need to realize she was just trying to eat, but I do understand to a point the need to be safe. All of these school shootings leave schools no choice but to take the "no common sense" stance and not take any chances.


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    Re: Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    Quote Originally Posted by MidwestZest View Post
    i don't know about that. just go take the knife away from the girl, explain the situation, and call the mother and explain it to her.
    There you go with that common sense again...



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    Re: Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone62 View Post
    Just out of curiousity, does anyone else know what would have happened if the school didn't take this action and other parents found out about it? The school would have been sued for endangerment, and would have lost.
    Sadly, it's true. Anymore, it's not as much about the "danger" that specific situation presents, but what could happen if they let it go. But that's not just in schools, everyone has to worry about covering their backs so they don't get sued. I think the school system is doing the best they can given the parameter's they have to operate in.

    And what kind of lunch requires a steak knife to cut? That could've used some advance thought on the parents' part.



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    Re: Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    Quote Originally Posted by jtdoyle1 View Post
    The thing is that some kids are out of control and there are no consequences coming at home so they have to get punished in school. The news stories rarely tell the whole story.
    So you mean that watching TV and playing video games isn't punishment?



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    Re: Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone62 View Post
    Just out of curiousity, does anyone else know what would have happened if the school didn't take this action and other parents found out about it? The school would have been sued for endangerment, and would have lost.
    Hence Av8r's post about common sense being lost elsewhere, as well.

    Remember when kids did stupid stuff, and educators or other professionals would deal with it (as would parents), and people wouldn't tread such issues as direct attacks on the constitution, national security, or democracy in general?



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    Re: Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Hence Av8r's post about common sense being lost elsewhere, as well.

    Remember when kids did stupid stuff, and educators or other professionals would deal with it (as would parents), and people wouldn't tread such issues as direct attacks on the constitution, national security, or democracy in general?
    Remember when kids were supposed to be hyper and have short attention spans? Now we give them medication...

    Don't even get me started on RLS...



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    Re: Common Sense Lost in Schools??

    I really wish the person who posted the funny differences between school 30 years ago and now would repost it.


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