We have said it before, but “zero tolerance” is synonymous with zero critical thought. Alyssa Drescher, a 17 year old honors student mistakenly left the knife that she used on her boyfriend’s farm in her purse which she brought to school. She wasn’t brandishing it, using it at school, or behaving in any way that could remotely be interpreted as threatening. The knife was found during a random drug search when a dog “hit” on her perfume.
“Rick Drescher has hired an attorney in an effort to get his daughter back in school as she gets ready for college next fall. He pointed out that another student – whose parent is a school board member – received a three-day suspension for a similar mistaken violation of the school’s “weapons” policy.
Alyssa argues the punishment is “excessive,” saying she wants to speak out on behalf of all other teens who’ve received harsh suspensions under similar policies. If the expulsion stands, she will be unable to attend her senior prom.
Doocy asked: where’s the common sense in cases like this?
“For Alyssa to make good choices throughout her life and then to make one simple mistake. You know, it’s not really even a mistake. She clearly just forgot that the knife was in her purse,” said Rick, adding punishments like this do “no good” for any student.”
How is it that we expect our school officials to teach critical thinking to our children when they prove time and again that they are incapable of exercising it themselves?