Friday, September 12, 2008
Potential Mass murder averted
What if he used it to kill and gut his classmates? Huh?
What would you be saying then?
We should've suspended him when we saw that he was using a broken pencil sharpener?
That's what you would've been saying had the school police not been doing their job, that's what.
Island fourth grader suspended for using broken pencil sharpener
By DANIEL BROWNSTEIN
A 10-year-old Hilton Head Island boy has been suspended from school for having something most students carry in their supply boxes: a pencil sharpener.
The problem was his sharpener had broken, but he decided to use it anyway.
A teacher at Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary School noticed the boy had what appeared to be a small razor blade during class on Tuesday, according to a Beaufort County sheriff's report.
It was obvious that the blade was the metal insert commonly found in a child's small, plastic pencil sharpener, the deputy noted.
Read the police report filed regarding the pencil sharpener blade
School sends letter to parents on pencil sharpener blade
The boy -- a fourth-grader described as a well-behaved and good student -- cried during the meeting with his mom, the deputy and the school's assistant principal.
He had no criminal intent in having the blade at school, the sheriff's report stated, but was suspended for at least two days and could face further disciplinary action.
(Oh yeah? How do they know?)
District spokesman Randy Wall said school administrators are stuck in the precarious position between the district's zero tolerance policy against having weapons at school and common sense.
"We're always going to do something to make sure the child understands the seriousness of having something that could potentially harm another student, but we're going to be reasonable," he said.