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End Zero-Tolerance Idiocy
Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Why isn't Lindsay Brown happy? She’s getting ready to graduate
from Estero High School in Fort Myers, Fla. What’s more, she’ll be
wearing a gold tassel on her graduation gown, a tassel which
honors her position as a National Merit Scholar. After summer
vacation Lindsay will start at Florida Gulf Coast University, where
she was awarded an academic scholarship.
Well, not really. Yes, she’s a National Merit Scholar. Yes, she has an
academic scholarship. But she won’t be wearing that gold tassel.
She won’t even be wearing the graduation gown. Lindsay, you see,
is our latest victim of the hysterical and intellectually vapid
zero-tolerance crap that permeates our insipid government schools
across the nation.
Last weekend Lindsay Brown moved some of her belongings to her
new apartment. During the move a kitchen knife – not a steak knife,
not a butcher knife – just a simple little kitchen knife fell out of a box
and became wedged under the front passenger seat.
When Lindsay drove that car to school on Monday the knife was
spotted by a security officer. Lindsay was arrested and taken to jail.
Taken to jail because there was a kitchen knife in her car. The local
sheriff’s office considered the presence of this kitchen knife to
constitute probable cause to believe that Lindsay intended to use
this knife as a weapon to hurt someone.
Lindsay Brown spent nine hours in jail. NINE HOURS! Nine hours in
the custody of the state because of a kitchen knife in the car! Now
she won’t get to graduate with her friends. She won’t go to the
senior class breakfast. She won’t get to go to the yearbook party.
Yeah, she’ll g