Do Our Schools Suck?

This is the kind of knee-jerk overreaction that is reported, seemingly once or twice a week, about a school throwing common sense completely out of the window when dealing with an issue.  Yes, I know. Kids can't bring weapons to school, and safety is paramount.  I get it.  What I don't get is: after an investigation is complete and everything is sorted out, the Principal/School Board/Teacher invariably come to really bad decisions in most of these types of cases.  The decisions always seem to fall as way to lenient, or way to strict. Common sense never enters the equation.  Aside from the punishment, or lack of punishment these kids receive, what concerns me more is the lesson taught to the rest of the kids: Don't use reason and common sense to solve problems. Either react hysterically to relatively small issues, or stick your head in the sand and don't react at all to decisions which have far reaching consequences.  Which leads me back to my original question - Do our schools suck...or what? - Brian

Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen

Sanford, N.C. — An athletic and academic standout in Lee County said a lunchbox mix-up has cut short her senior year of high school and might hurt her college opportunities.

Ashley Smithwick, 17, of Sanford, was suspended from Southern Lee High School in October after school personnel found a small paring knife in her lunchbox.
Smithwick said personnel found the knife while searching the belongings of several students, possibly looking for drugs.“She got pulled into it. She doesn’t have to be a bad person to be searched,” Smithwick’s father, Joe Smithwick, said.The lunchbox really belonged to Joe Smithwick, who packs a paring knife to slice his apple. He and his daughter have matching lunchboxes.READ MORE HERE--->

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