June 21, 2010, - 11:49 am

Zero Tolerance for This Kind of Zero Tolerance

By Debbie Schlussel

I have mixed feelings on zero tolerance policies in schools.  When it comes to zero tolerance for drugs, weapons, and violence, I say, throw the bums out.


8-Yr-Old David Morales Learns the Meaning of Zero Tolerance Ad Absurdum

But then there are stupid, politically correct administrators who don’t understand the purpose and meaning of zero tolerance policies and take them to absurd levels.  That’s been the case with kids who have aspirin or medication they must take, kids who’ve worn pro-American, patriotic clothing and gear, etc.  But this latest example of “zero tolerance” ad absurdum really takes the cake.

Eight-year-old David Morales of Providence, Rhode Island is certainly learning early  in life that far too many Americans don’t support our troops and will use school administrative laws to silence him and violate his First Amendment rights.  Is there a sane person in this world who truly believes that toy soldiers on a hat violates a zero tolerance policy against weapons in schools?

Christan Morales said her son just wanted to honor American troops when he wore a hat to school decorated with an American flag and small plastic Army figures.

But the school banned the hat because it ran afoul of the district’s zero-tolerance weapons policy. Why? The toy soldiers were carrying tiny guns.

“His teacher called and said it wasn’t appropriate,’’ Morales said.

Morales’s son, David, 8, had been assigned to make a hat for the day when his second-grade class would meet their pen pals from another school. She and her son came up with an idea to add patriotic decorations to a camouflage hat.

Earlier this week, after the hat was banned, the principal at the Tiogue School in Coventry told the family that the hat would be fine if David replaced the Army men holding weapons with ones that did not have any, according to Superintendent Kenneth R. Di Pietro.

But, Morales said, the family had only one Army figure without a weapon (he was carrying binoculars), so David wore a plain baseball cap on the day of the pen pal meeting.

“Nothing was being done to limit patriotism, creativity, other than find an alternative to a weapon,’’ Di Pietro said.

The district does not allow images of weapons or drugs on clothing.

Huh? That means a student with a t-shirt depicting this Civil War battle, below, would be sent home. I guess students at Morales’ school have to pretend they fought that war with words, not weapons.


This Civil War Battle Scene Outlawed By Coventry Schools

They are called the Armed Forces for a fairly obvious reason: they’re armed.

I wonder how the Tiogue School and the Coventry school district do in standardized tests, high school graduation rates, and the percentage of students admitted into and attending college. I’d bet it’s comparatively low.

Any school and its administrators who waste that much time and effort worrying about toy soldiers with guns on a hat can’t possibly be doing an adequate job with reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Throw those bums out, too.  So glad these “edyookayters” have their priorities straight.

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27 Responses

They should also ban the star and crescent. That symbol foments more violence than anything these kids could create.

Jarhead on June 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm

“ARMS ARE FOR HUGS” said one of a collection of liberal bumper stickers on the back of the Volvo, and I thought to myself, ‘No, arms are for HEADLOCKS!’

T. Y. on June 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm

These administrators and teachers have toy brains.

pat on June 21, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I just got into my rescue the cutest puppy. I offered him to a math teacher because I knew she’s be a great owner. Her pool was fenced, her husband home 20 days a month, she has school schedule.

    When she could not take the dog, she referred her principal to me. The principal has been calling me nonstop for that dog. I won’t place the dog with her because she’s a “school administator”. Well, that translates to absolutely power. I have seen too much administrative abuse to let her benefit from me.

    Sorry! For the grief school adminsitrators caused by teacher-father and me (for that matter), none will ever benefit from me.

    As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Is there a number to call to let the school know that they are absolute jackasses and to suggest that anyone who was behind this teacher’s moronic thought process should be airlifted along with her into any random Muslim country and left there to survive on their own?

Moi on June 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    It’s obvious that teachers are fearless. They know how strong their union is….

    That’s the reason they get away with such pap.

    As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

It may be off subject, but I wonder if pupils at this school are allowed to wear gay pride tee shirts, hats, etc.?

Rocky on June 21, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    They are encouraged to participate in Gay Pride and Open Borders. Last month, I was cycling to work and I rode by the local high school. The students were out picketing for open borders. As I passed the police officers on the sidewalk, I yelled at the students, “Aren’t you supposed to be in class? I don’t seek out juveniles when I need an opinon.”

    The police were laughing and agreeing with me. Where are the parents????

    As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm

BTW D.S., I finally got to see Taken, one of your best flick picks. I loved it. And it did not pull any punches as to where the source of drugs and crime are in France. I was in shock when the camera lingered over the star and crescent tattoos without apology.

pat on June 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Schools and the educational system have sold out this country. It’s the Hitler Youth Movement with a slightly different spin. Just take over their minds, in this case leave heads empty then pump with PC crap.

But, parents should be viligent (some parents “go with it” such as mine. Thank God I was always smarter than they were and “found the RIGHT way”). I pity parents trying to bring up good children. It’s an all-out battle for their hearts and minds and unsuspecting parents are sleeping at the wheel.

As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    You’re right As. This has been going on for at least 40 years so we are now into a second generation of brain dead parents. There is another aspect however. The very real threat of Social Services stepping in because the kid is not “socializing” according to what they think that means. Mine was bored out of her 175 IQ skull. So to make life interesting, she would work with the slower kids in class. You’d think this was a good thing right? Oh no! “She’s smart, she should be spending time with her intellectual peers, she needs “socialization.'” Then there were the questions like, School: “She knows so much about so many things and reads so far above grade level, where did she learn that?” Uh, doh! Me: “Her father has an MBA, Her Mom is MENSA and we don’t have a televison.” School: No TV!!!! “So what do you do in the evening?”
    Me: Um, talk about stuff that we read in BOOKS?” School; “Well you know they need time to play with their friends. They need to be socialized.” Me: Um, they don’t get social skills from other little savages. They get them by observing how ADULTS act and interacting with them in a civil manner.” School: uh,uh, well, she’s going to have to work harder and SHOW us she can do the work before we put her in gifted and no, you can’t homeschool her since she’s an only child. She needs other kids.”
    Schools have won the intellectual wars by dumbing down a generation of parents. Now it’s time to move on to molding the behavior they want. That would be: passivity, indecision and acceptance of mediocrity dressed up as “The Standard.”

    mk750 on June 22, 2010 at 9:06 am

I fully agree with the school’s policy of zero tolerance for violins among children.

Shy Guy on June 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I was about to BLAST you about the importance of music appreciation, but then I clicked onto the link.

    Dear God, make that a felon which carries 25 to life.

    As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Spielberg re-edited ET and replaced the guns the government men were chasing ET with in to flash lights so maybe he is part of these no tolerance rule makers.

and Guido shot first, right?

ender on June 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Spielberg re-edited ET and replaced the guns the government men were chasing ET with in to flash lights so maybe he is part of these no tolerance rule makers.

    and Guido shot first, right?

    ender on June 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    IF TRUE, Orwellian, terrifying, nauseating. But what do you expect from a man who called his visit with Fidel Castro “the most important eight hours of my life?”

    Miranda Rose Smith on June 22, 2010 at 7:46 am

Middle East scholar Barry Rubin has this piece about what his kid was exposed to in a Montgomery County public school (Montgomery borders DC).


Note: I suspect the “soldiers” mentioned may reflect what is a common sight from their time in Israel.

Raymond in DC on June 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I’m still waiting for Rush Limbaugh to tell me what “zero tolerance” means.

There is NO Santa Claus on June 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm

The Morales family should sue the Providence school district for making the poor child take off his cap because it had an american flag on it, what the Providence school district is in violation of the 1st Amendment, that child is entitled to wear his hat with the american flag on it, and what the Providence school district did to that kid was “fascistic”!

I hope the Morales family sues the Providence school district every cent the school district has, that was not just a violation of the child’s 1st amendment rights, but a violation of his own civil rights.

“A nation is identified by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on June 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Check out their website…it’s full of fluffy feel good stuff.

Apparently little toy soldiers with little fake guns aren’t fluffy.

Sam Adams on June 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Instead of brandishing weaponry, suppose the toy soldiers were merely standing at attention and saluting. I wonder if they also would have found that objectionable. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that a cap with the American flag on it alone would have been acceptable…but perhaps that’s optimistic.

Daniel H on June 21, 2010 at 6:11 pm

It’s kind of like a junior banning of the ROTC like they do at the colleges. Of course the federal government supports these schools, and the colleges won’t let them recruit people to defend the country that’s financing them. Now the schools and these numbskull teachers and administrators who are for the most part too stupid to get jobs anywhere else (although I realize there are many intelligent, dedicated teachers, just not at this school) have decided to sabotage on a more indirect scale the defense of the government that is keeping them afloat. I’m sure that if this succeeds, some of these impressionable kids will be brainwashed to dislike the military.

Little Al on June 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I bet they have no problem with Che t-shirts even though he was a murderous thug.

Bo Knows on June 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Sickening! Everyday our rights are being taken away and communism is creeping in. The bible was right when it mentioned: toward the end times children would come against their own parents bring then into the court and even kill them. When the government tries to step in and be the parent, when the kids come home they would have been taught not to listen to them and will naturally rebel. Not only this, but the anger kids will feel growing up in a world that is twisted from what is “right and natural” will only be manifested into to something “dark and sinister.”

As Hitler reached out to the youth to perform his duty, so is the American government doing the same thing to it’s children, less the blond hair! Desensitized a little at a time and before you know it, we are gonna have a full grown monster in front of us!

Amedeo Bianchi on June 22, 2010 at 12:59 am

I don’t disagree with Debbie very often but, so-called “zero tolerance” policies are just another way for leftists to administer speech and thought control and indoctrinate our kids.

Case in point: when my physically handicapped nephew fought back against a school bully who had waited for him to be isolated from the majority of students before attacking defended himself fought back, he was expelled along with the bully due to the school’s “zero tolerance” policy against violence on campus. The bully probably outweighed my nephew (who has multiple handicaps and will never by more than 5-feet tall) by at least 40 pounds and started the fight with a “sucker punch.”

I imagine this type of incident is why Debbie expressed “mixed feelings” but, in principle “zero tolerance” is just an indoctrination tool.

Tom in Michigan on June 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm

This zero tolerance BS is just another side of the same coin. Everybody’s responsible so nobody’s responsible because it’s all society’s fault or some crap like that. Doesn’t make any sense? Of course not!
All logic, personal responsibility, common sense etc. have been tossed out the window. Political correctness rules our sad, sad world.

theShadow on June 22, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Zero tolerance policies exist to remove from school teachers and administrators any need to make a judgment call. Guess they just go sick and tired of being sued. People shocked, shocked by these policies applying to their own personal darlings are reaping what they have sown.

Paul Murray on June 23, 2010 at 2:35 am

Paul, I imagine you are right. But think what scumbag lawyers those are who make patriotism controversial.

Occam's Tool on December 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

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