The Idiocy of Zero-Tolerance Policy: Kid's Hat Banned Because of Toy Soldiers

Eight-year-old David Morales wanted to honor American troops, so he decorated a cap for his second-grade class assignment. Little did he know that he would run afoul of the school's zero-tolerance weapons policy:

Christan Morales said her son just wanted to honor American troops when he wore a hat to school decorated with an American flag and small plastic Army figures.

But the school banned the hat because it ran afoul of the district's zero-tolerance weapons policy. Why? The toy soldiers were carrying tiny guns.

"His teacher called and said it wasn't appropriate," Morales said.

Morales' 8-year-old son, David, had been assigned to make a hat for the day when his second-grade class would meet their pen pals from another school. She and her son came up with an idea to add patriotic decorations to a camouflage hat.
Earlier this week, after the hat was banned, the principal at the Tiogue School in Coventry told the family that the hat would be fine if David replaced the Army men holding weapons with ones that didn't have any, according to Superintendent Kenneth R. Di Pietro.

The edumacators win again! (Photo: WPRI)

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This is stupid...I was brought up by social liberal parents who banned any sort of toy gun, bow, or sword in case it encouraged violent urges in me. I was nearly chucked out of school for fighting all the time, and my bros in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban!
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@frau, well of course that should be banned! I doubt anyone here would disagree... he needs to lower the settings from "pew" to "zap"
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If teachers don't enforce the policies, they get fired. Considering almost all states are firing teachers right now, I'd be terrified about losing my job, too.

Administrators, seriously?! Zero-tolerance policies are just insane. We had a zero tolerance policy for rules in a certain section of the handbook at my high school, one of which was wearing boots with more than 20 "eyes". My friend glued googly eyes to her boots 21 on each. She was nearly suspended and was told that, technically, they could expel her.

This case reminds me of...

Tweety chains are DANGEROUS!
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Zero-tolerance policies are beyond idiotic. A kid at my high school was nearly expelled for almost the same thing. He found a tiny plastic gun in his jacket (like the toy soldier one) and a teacher found out.
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