If this story is accurate, Zero Tolerance has somehow managed to find a new low. Yes, even lower than suspending kids for using their fingers as guns:
A Florida high school student wrestled a loaded gun away from another teen on the bus ride home this week and was slapped with a suspension in return.
The 16-year-old Cypress Lake High student in Fort Myers, Fla. told WFTX-TV there was “no doubt” he saved a life after grappling for the loaded .22 caliber revolver being aimed point-blank at another student on Tuesday.
“I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there,” said the suspended student, not identified by WFTX because of safety concerns. “Not taking no pity.”
The police have confirmed that a student had a gun and was threatening to shoot someone. The teen claims that he wrestled the gun away from the suspect. All the school district is saying is that the principal has discretionary power to suspend any student pending a hearing.
I want to throw some caution onto my usual anger. We only have the teen’s word for what happened and it’s possible the principal is just suspending everyone involved until it’s clear what happened. I suspect that they’ll back off once their decision is splashed all over the internet. But if the accuracy of this report is born out, we have found a new incident for illustrating just how dumb Zero Tolerance has gotten. “Suspend ‘em all, let God sort ‘em out” isn’t exactly the model our schools should be following.