I'll let you in on a little secret: I carried a "weapon" to school for years, and carry one to this day. Not that I've ever really considered most of the dulled little things as such. Hell, one time I got in a little trouble from a cop because he found my pocket knife after I told him I didn't have weapons, because it never occurred to me I had a weapon (and he never did find my money clip (also with knife blade)). Also in high school, I wrote a nice little short story where the character went on a fucking school shooting spree, ending in the shotgun-exploded head (if I ever find that, I'm sharing it). I eventually ended up in the guidance counselor's office for my death poetry specifically, but it was more of a chat than anything else.
What never happened was automatic suspensions, cops hauling me out of school, or a battery of shrinks pouring drugs down my throat (although eight years of Catholic school made that a distinct possibility). Generally, I got in trouble (a lot), but they pretty much figured out that I would cause a lot of trouble, but not the kind that ended up with destruction, bleeding, and death.
FYI, I did all my schooling before Columbine, which was the turning point in any semblance of common sense.
Under today's rules of course, I would have been handcuffed, suspended, and hauled bodily to some alternative class along with all the other delinquents. This is the essence of the zero-tolerance policy, which I shall now define as lobotomy discipline [with my embedded commentary]:
It all ties back to a greater problem: We've stopped being parents and expecting the best behavior out of our children. And we accept these insane rules and regulations (and the accompanying diagnoses and drugs) that government schools institute so that they don't have to actually discipline and teach (badly).
Education experts [morons who maintain mediocrity] say that zero-tolerance policies initially allowed authorities more leeway in punishing students, but were applied in a discriminatory fashion [because everything in America is discriminatory]. Many studies indicate that African-Americans were several times more likely to be suspended or expelled than other students for the same offenses [why do I suspect the schools in which this happens already had lots of discipline issues?].
“The result of those studies is that more school districts have removed discretion [and frontal lobes] in applying the disciplinary policies to avoid criticism [and lawsuits] of being biased,” said Ronnie Casella, an associate professor of education at Central Connecticut State University who has written about school violence. He added that there is no evidence that zero-tolerance policies make schools safer [shocker].
One more thing: As I'm currently only dealing with preschoolers, you'd think I don't have to deal with this yet because I wouldn't be giving them anything resembling a knife yet (even at home, I'm damn careful when it comes to blades). Oh no, I've already had my brushes with the insanity. With Halloween looming, the note has already come home that anything that even resembles a weapon (including obvious toys) is banned due to the lobotomy discipline policies. Last year, I caught it late, and my son went from being a soldier (because his costume was thrown together from what was at hand) to being dead soldier (no gun). The worst part is that he'd LOVE to go as a Jedi. But that lightsaber is a W!E!A!P!O!N!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course, my daughter is the one fascinated by weapons. And dolls. Now I just have to find "Death Assassin Barbie" and Christmas buying is set.
Boy, the schools are going to love me over the next decade and a half....