Da’von Shaw, a student at Bedford (OH) High School was suspended for 5 days after he brought a knife to school for the purpose of cutting an apple in a “Healthy Eating” presentation. When he was told he would not be allowed to use it, he handed it to his teacher without incident. He proceeded to attend class until late in the day when he was informed that he was to be suspended.
His mother, Shakila Wilson’s initial reaction mirrors my own…(From 19ActionNews)
“I can take off my belt and use that as a weapon. Pens and pencils can be used as a weapon. You can’t take a person with no intentions to harm and put them as a criminal because that’s what you normally do”
But there are multiple further levels of fail, both on the part of District Superintendent Sherman Micsak who refused to discuss district policy on camera, and Ms. Wilson appears to not have learned from her son’s misfortune:
“Despite their unhappiness with what’s gone on the Wilson’s still support an election day levy for Bedford Schools, even have a yard sign out in front of their home.”
Superintendent Micsak deserves a forced retirement for this little stunt:
“At school district offices Superintendent Sherman Micsak entered a room where we waited and told us to turn off the camera, and he wouldn’t talk about any student on camera.
That is proper, but he brusquely told us he wouldn’t discuss general district policy on camera, telling reporter Paul Orlousky, “You can come on upstairs,” while telling cameraman Marty DeChant “you can stay here”.
He was told, “Well we’re here to interview you on camera.”
Micsak replied, “Well, I’m not gonna be on camera.”
Privately he told us the punishment could have been a year suspension but it was lowered. He feels the punishment fit the violation.”
I hate to break it to Ms. Wilson, by supporting the District, she is supporting the very system that might well derail her son’s future. It will be more difficult for him to get into college with this mark on his record. It will be a miracle if his academic performance doesn’t suffer and he doesn’t become disillusioned with school. This is a pivotal moment in her son’s life, and she needs to break the cycle.
I leave you with this quote from Reason in honor of Election Day:
“When I vote for candidates, they rarely win. The ones that do have without exception disappointed. Many elections don’t have any candidates I want to vote for…Nevertheless voting is important, because in a democratic system the absence of a vote enforces the illusion of the consent of the governed”
From: “The Libertarian Case for Voting”. As the Blogfather would say, “Read the whole thing.”