You've probably heard the term "Nanny Nation" before. Essentially, it refers to the current trend of over-protecting citizens, by legislation if necessary, during every conceivable activity from cradle to grave.
That said, get a load of this. Zachary Christie is a first-grade student in Newark, Delaware. Young Zachary was a typical 6-year-old boy until he got kicked out of school this week and now faces 45 days in reform school. His crime? He brought a weapon to school; i.e., a camping utensil which functions as a fork, spoon, and knife. Good Lord, people! This was a little boy who brought his Cub Scouts thingie to school to use at lunch.
Where is someone in authority with some sense here? The child didn't bring a gun, sword, or bomb to school with nefarious intentions. He wasn't planning a massacre. He's a little boy who's loving his Cub Scout experience. He brought his camping utensil for lunch. I used to take my favorite lunch box to school, complete with thermos and spork-like utensil. The box itself was metal, of course, and probably wouldn't make it past the metal detectors these days. And I suppose my spork would be confiscated as a weapon of mass destruction and land me in the baby hoosegow. Times have certainly changed -- and not always for the better. I'm all for Zero Tolerance when it comes to guns and drugs in schools. Punishing kids for Cub Scout gear or possession of an aspirin tablet is ridiculous.
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