Friday, April 27, 2007

More zero-tolerance nonsense

Here's an even more egregious example of zero-tolerance nonsense, this time at a high school in Cary, Illinois. Allen Lee was assigned to "write whatever comes to your mind. Do not judge or censor what you are writing." He complied. Now he faces criminal charges for what he committed to paper, apparently because school officials found his essay "disturbing and inappropriate."

To their credit, many of Lee's fellow students at Cary-Grove High School have rallied to his defense. They note that not only does he have a right to free speech, but that he explicitly complied with his assignment.

School officials, on the other hand, have followed the usual pattern of circling the wagons and insisting that some ideas just aren't acceptable.

Hmmm. Well, here's a thought that I'm sure they won't find acceptable. I think that officials of Illinois School District 155 should be dragged from their offices and horse-whipped.

And I didn't even write the words above for a school assignment.

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Anonymous Zeph said...

"I think that officials of Illinois School District 155 should be dragged from their offices and horse-whipped."

Hear, hear. The teacher who cried "wolf", the department chair who listened to her, the principal who panicked, and, Lord knows, the members of the police department who are still pretending that a crime has been committed, and the insane prosecuting attorney. Fire the lot of the nincompoops.

April 28, 2007 4:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps it's a good lesson for a student to learn that writing "So I had this dream last night where I went into a building, pulled out two P90s and started shooting everyone…, then had sex with the dead bodies. Well, not really, but it would be funny if I did." is probably not a great idea right now.

I would think a straight-A student should have a little more common sense.

Punishment? Who knows if it was right. But thank God my beloved Corps won't accept him.

Semper Fi.

April 30, 2007 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Shaun Davis said...

And it doesn't stop at school. This guy is a top level technician and was fired for a figure of speech used while dealing with a problem effecting thousands of people.
Zero Tolerance Policy Threatens Safety of Power Grid

May 30, 2007 1:47 PM  

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