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Zero-Tolerance, Zero Sense?

| January 24, 2013

The good intentions of bolstering school safety that created the zero-tolerance system of automatic suspensions and expulsions for certain behavior are increasingly evaporating across the United States.

The latest reason why? A kindergartner in Pennsylvania was suspended for 10 days (later reduced to two days), required to undergo a psychological examination, and left with a permanent entry on her record.

Her troublesome behavior? School officials say that the kindergartner made a terroristic threat.

That threat? The girl’s suggestion that she and a friend play with her toy bubble gun after school.

To be clear, her “toy bubble gun” is a pink device that blows bubbles into the air.

School officials haven’t yet commented on the five-year-old’s case.


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