Officials say that schools’ zero tolerance policies are needed to prevent school shootings and incidents involving other types of weapons. But there are always holes in these policies. Those holes are where the kids are going to go to commit whatever kind of attack they want. Sometimes they get caught, and other times they don’t.
These zero tolerance policies are of the same mindset as gun control and the idea of a police state, where the 4th Amendment is invalid and “security” checkpoints and lockdowns are employed to keep everyone “safe.” Criminals will still find ways to execute their attack. In fact, crimes might increase as a result of such a society. The “safety” that is supposed to result from gun control and a police state is a mere illusion.
The inevitable result of zero tolerance policies is that a bunch of innocent people get targeted; people who end up being false positives. Rarely do such policies uncover actual criminal plots and prevent some mass shooting. And those for whom these polices are intended often slip through the cracks and carry out their attacks.
Here’s another false positive brought to us this time by a Tennessee school’s zero tolerance policy:
On Thursday, Duren-Sanner, a senior at Northeast High School drove his father’s car to school. During a random lockdown, his car was chosen to be searched.
Duren-Sanner gave permission because he said he had nothing to hide.
His father is a commercial fisherman on the West Coast and had apparently left a fishing knife in the car. Duren-Sanner’s father said it might have been wedged between one of the seats.
Duren-Sanner said he told school officials and the Sheriff’s department the car was his father’s and he didn’t know the knife was in it.
“He’s like ‘it doesn’t matter, it was in your possession anyway,'” Duren-Sanner said.
School officials suspended him for 10 days, the maximum allowed under school policy, and then he was reprimanded to attend 90 days at an alternative school.
Peggy Duren is Duren-Sanner’s grandmother whom he lives with. She said she tried explaining the knife didn’t belong to her grandson, but claims school officials wouldn’t listen.
“Unfortunately (the vice principal) said that’s the way it is now: Guilty until proven innocent. It’s part of this zero tolerance policy,” she said.” …
Duren-Sanner also faces weapons charges with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.
An online petition has garnered more than 600 signatures in support of Duren-Sanner. The petition urges school officials to drop all charges against him, end his suspension and not punish him for days missed.
This isn’t the first time a student’s been suspended for having fishing contraband in his car. Remember, not too long ago, a Cobb County, Georgia high schooler got suspended and arrested for having fishing supplies in his car. He was charged with a felony for having a “weapon” in a “school safe zone.” These officials’ stupidity knows no bounds.