Bureaucrats get in the way of common sense

Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 04:09 PM.

One reason for the lagging of American students has got to be zero tolerance for kids’ play — that play that doesn’t meet the leaderless bureaucrats’ expectations and interpretations of the rules and doesn’t fall strictly within the boundaries of ridiculously limiting policies and regulations on so-called “weapons.”

Come on. Is there any reasonable person out there who honestly believes a finger gun or butter knife qualifies as a weapon in our schools?

I hope in Maryland and Virginia and anywhere else zero tolerance has taken hold in our nation’s schools that Florida’s lead is followed. Zero tolerance is strangling our kids’ imagination, their freedom, and their ability to make mistakes, learn a lesson, and move on unencumbered. Until zero tolerance is relieved — or ignored — the only real lesson our kids are learning is of the leadership deficit by the bureaucrats in their schools.

Barry Fetzer is a columnist for the Havelock News. He can be reached at fetzerab@ec.rr.com.

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