ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BRAINS


Virginia Beach is in the news!  (I wish it weren’t; not for this…)

Last week, a Bayside Middle School sixth-grader, Adrionna Harris, found a classmate of hers cutting himself with a razor blade.  Because there was no adult around, Adrionna took intelligent, brainy action herself by taking it away from him herself instead of wandering off in search of an teacher or counselor.  However, having been “in possession” of it between the time she had taken it away and the time she had thrown it away (“immediately,” she said), she had run afoul of the No Tolerance policy.  (Virginia Beach reportedly has a little bit of leeway for K-5 in this respect, but not for 6-12.)

When Adrionna told a school counselor what she had done, the counselor also took action, though considerably less intelligent or brainy.  Adrionna found herself suspended for ten days, and the administration recommended expulsion.  It took considerable publicity (ah, the disinfecting effects of sunlight!) before the school board felt perhaps just a wee bit embarrassed and moved Adrionna’s hearing up to this coming Thursday.

But in spite of this show of unheard-of bureaucratic mercy, the criminal child remains unrepentant.  She knows what punishment she faces, yet she told reporters she would have done the same thing all over again.  “Even if I did get in trouble, it didn’t matter as long as I am helping him,” she said.

If this be crime, I am all for it.  Good on ya, Adrionne!

Advertisements

About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
This entry was posted in media, unelected bureaucrats and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s