More instances of students caught by zero tolerance
After today's story on a student in Anne Arundel suspended because she had pepper spray, I received another call this morning from a parent upset about zero tolerance policies. This was a call that came from a county in the Baltimore metro area. The student had been suspended and arrested for a knife. His mother said he was depressed and worried that his mistake would screw up his life forever.
I was wondering what readers of the blog think about these instances of zero tolerance. Are there teachers who believe that the school policies serve a purpose and even if some students are caught in a rather unforgiving system, the cost is worth it to keep the rest of the school safe?
Or are more of you worried by the harm that is being done to students who are suspended?