Crime and Punishment

Another Honor Student Expelled over “Zero-Tolerance” Idiocy

Detroit is such a lovely city (well, technically the suburb Dearborn Hts.). Their schools are in such great shape and they have crime so under control that they have time to bother with possibly ruining the life of a young woman who forgot she had her Grandfather’s pocketknife in her backpack.  Or at least dealing a heck of a blow to someone who was on track to escape from that failing city. (no offense intended to anyone who may reside in the 313, unless you vote for the status quo).


from Reason.com:

“Because it is illegal to carry any weapon on school grounds for any reason—even with good reason, or by accident—she was promptly expelled. The Board of Education eventually relented, but only slightly: Haynes is still suspended for the rest of the year, but will be able to take online classes and graduate. That’s hardly an improvement, given that Haynes is actively involved in extracurricular activities at her school.”

According to the MyFox Detroit, District officials say their hands are tied:

“Every discipline issue that comes to us as a school board is a blow to a student,” said. Tim Thieken, District 7 superintendent. “I think that she presented her case tonight but at the same time, as a school board, we are upheld by the state of Michigan to uphold the laws of the state of Michigan.”

Forgive me if my sympathy lies more with the student and less with you Mr. Thieken. If you really are so bothered by the policies you have to enforce, and really want to do what is best for the student, then you would be on the next bus to Lansing demanding the freedom to run your district in a fair manner and in a way that has your students’ best interest at heart.

If not, then you Sir are part of the problem and it is time for you go. You and your colleagues are worthy only of our scorn. Atiya Haynes deserves better than you.

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Discussion

30 responses to ‘Another Honor Student Expelled over “Zero-Tolerance” Idiocy

  1. Because if there’s one thing the Detroit school
    system needs to do it’s drive out the smart kids
    in lieu of the repeat offenders and bangers.

  2. The school administration is just a small branch of the great tree of progress, understanding, and common-sense which grows in the State Capital. You know, the people and organizations that are responsible for that showcase of progressiveness called Detroit.

    From them, you want an intelligent result?

  3. Stupidity is rampant in public education to the point that it is no wonder kids don’t learn, they know they are being educamated by idiots.
    In the early 70s when I went to high school at one of the poorest schools in N. FL with 52% white and 48% black and everyone expected violence (it didn’t happen), I always carried a pocketknife to sharpen my pencils. I’d pull it out in the middle of a test and sharpen away. NOBODY thought anything of it.
    I also carried a .22 rifle in my car to shoot cans in the woods after school and nobody thought anything of it.

  4. I attended public schools way back when God was allowed.Right and wrong were recognized. ands school districts were not run by left wing idiots.

  5. Zero tolerance is the refuge of cowards and fools. It is an “official” way to avoid the necessity of making judgments and accepting responsibility. It is the bureaucrats way of saying “I’m just here for my pension; don’t expect me to make any actual decisions.”

  6. “Every discipline issue that comes to us as a school board is a blow to a student,” said. Tim Thieken, District 7 superintendent. “I think that she presented her case tonight but at the same time, as a school board, we are upheld by the state of Michigan to uphold the laws of the state of Michigan.”

    This “educator” appears to not know the meaning of the word “upheld”. Or maybe he uses “upheld” like Smurfs use “smurf”.

  7. Well- she could have been carrying for her drug dealing boyfriend, etc. There are plenty of women who make a lot of straw purchases of guns for their BF’s.

  8. Worthy of our scorn?
    Scorn?
    SCORN?!!!?

    No sir. This son of a bitch is worthy of a public execution, preferably by dumping the worthless hunk of sub-human detritus off the nearest stoplight with a good stout rope twisted around his apparatchik neck.

    Until these mid-level goons enforcing FedGovCo’s “will” start suffering continuity of existence failures – EN MASS – jack and SHIT will change in this nation. There is not a nickel’s worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats at this point, and we are left with two options:

    Accept your chains – or don’t.

    Choose well.

  9. The whole point of ZT policies is to shield the school district from racial-discrimination lawsuits. One man’s “exercise reasonable discretion” is another man’s “punish all the black kids, let all the white kids get away with whatever”. But with mandatory-sentence ZT policies, well, everyone gets the same punishment, so you can’t sue me because it’s objective and not racist, right?

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