Where are the grownups?

I agree completely with your editorial to discontinue “zero tolerance” in schools.

It’s time we allowed local school boards and officials to set and enforce reasonable limits on teacher and student behavior and assess punishment where needed.

We DO need individual responsibility; we do NOT need “nanny state” dictates.

Perhaps you have seen all seven of these scenarios which were circulated on the Internet.

I reproduce just three to save space; most of us can grimace at the over-reaction in the 2010 results.

Scenario 1: Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack. 1960 - Vice principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack. 2010 - School goes into lockdown, SWAT called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called

in for traumatized students and teachers. Scenario 2: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school. 1960 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies. 2010 - Police called and SWAT team arrives — they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it. Scenario 3: Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students. 1960 - Jeffrey sent to the principal's office and given a good paddling by the principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again. 2010 - Jef- frey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the government because

Jeffrey has a disability.

Where have all the grown-ups gone?

Jim Stagg 

Newnan



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