A Florida high school football player was arrested after a game last Friday, after another student told police that he saw small pocketknife (nothing like this one) inside his waistband during the game. Despite not hurting anyone and not intending to hurt anyone, he was arrested and will likely be expelled from school.
From CBS Tampa Bay:
A police report indicates that Taylor did not threaten any players with the knife during the game.
[Principal Wayne] Livingston noted that football players will not be searched before games despite the incident.
“This young man made a terrible mistake. It was a bad decision on his part. There was absolutely no rhyme or reason for it,” Livingston told the Star Banner. “Out of the 1,600 students we have, the majority of the students do the right things. As adults, we have to guide and direct them.”
Taylor was charged with possession of a weapon on school property and booked into the Marion County Jail. He was released Saturday morning after posting a $2,000 bond.
So let’s get this straight: nobody was hurt, nobody was going to be hurt, and nobody even saw the little pocketknife except by accident, but this kid spent a night in jail and will now be expelled from school.
I considered calling Taylor the Irresponsible Knife Owner Of The Day, but his actions are more ‘inexplicable’ than ‘irresponsible.’ His puzzling ‘EDC For Third-And-Long’ play isn’t nearly as stupid as the heavy price that he’ll have to pay for it, though.
Zero-tolerance zero-intelligence policies like this serve no rational purpose except to hold us all hostage to the irrational fears and hysteria of hoplophobes. Free Trevonte Taylor!