Tuesday, February 15, 2005

If you all could please refrain from sending me dirt . . . I'd be much obliged.

From his continuing Zero Tolerance watch series, James Taranto provides this gem. Seriously, here's the whole story.

First, it goes without saying that this kid is being punished for making a "look-a-like" drug, but clearly the actual punishment is for what the TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATION thought, not what the kid thought. Shouldn't the kid at least have to know about the drug she is apparently imitating? Jesus, the kid's just lucky she wasn't at the beach or that it wasn't snowing. I'm seriously almost laughing out loud at the number of offenses I could imagine while watching a child play. Just because we are jaded adults doesn't give us license to project our fears and concerns onto the innocent imaginations of six-year olds.

Second, shouldn't something be said about the cigarettes all over the playground at an elementary school? Also, great recess at that school. Ok kids, put your books up, now we're going to spend 30 minutes (if that) playing with dirt. If anyone should be punished it should be the teacher for being an accessory to the creation of a "look-a-like" drug.

Yet another entry in my mental notebook about the idiocy of getting the government involved in schooling our children.



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