Kid gets expelled for bringing camping utensil to school

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The NYT relates the case of 6-year-old Zachary Christie, who faces 45 days in reform school after bringing a camping utensil that works as a knife, fork, spoon combo to school. (Apparently he was excited about having joined the Cub Scouts and wanted to use it at lunch.) Lots of schools have adopted zero-tolerance weapons policies for bringing knives to school, but some of the enforcement seems a little extreme:


The law was introduced after a third-grade girl was expelled for a year because her grandmother had sent a birthday cake to school, along with a knife to cut it. The teacher called the principal -- but not before using the knife to cut and serve the cake.

While school safety is obviously an important concern, potential weapons, it seems, are everywhere. (A student once stabbed a teacher friend of mine in the leg with a mechanical pencil.) Now that cafeteria menus are being revised with health in mind, will eating utensils pose a bigger threat to students than the foods they're being served?


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