And They Wonder Why Public Schools Are Losing Students !UPDATED!

One more reason to home school your children.

Zachary Christie with his mother, Debbie, his father, Curtis, and the Cub Scout utensil that got him suspended from school

Zachary Christie with his mother, Debbie, his father, Curtis, and the Cub Scout utensil that got him suspended from school

Six-year-old Zachary Christie was so excited to become a Cub Scout that he brought his camping utensil to school. The tool serves as a spoon, a fork and a knife, and Zachary wanted to use it at lunch.


What Zachary didn’t know was that the gizmo violated his school’s zero-tolerance policy on weapons. And now the Christina School District in Newark, Del., has suspended the first grader and ordered him to attend the district’s reform school for 45 days.

Zachary’s parents insist their son did not intend to hurt anyone, and they are fighting to overturn the ruling.

“Zachary wears a suit and tie some days to school by his own choice because he takes school so seriously,” Zachary’s mother, Debbie Christie, told the New York Times. “He is not some sort of threat to his classmates.”

The school district, in a statement, said rules are rules and defended its decision to suspend the boy.

“At this time, the Student Code of Conduct does not take into consideration a child’s age in a Level three offense,” the statement read.

“This is the first incident this year involving a student under the age of seven in possession of a dangerous instrument. Christina School District staff and the Christina Board of Education are constantly examining ways to improve policies regarding student discipline.”

At a meeting with the school disciplinary committee last week, Zachary’s karate instructor and his mother’s fiancé made the case for the boy’s character.

And Zachary’s mother has started a Web site to attract support for her son before a meeting of the school board on Tuesday.

Click here for more from The New York Times.

Source

Here’s a web site for Zachary.  There is a petition to sign, among other things. He’s quite a young man. See if you can help.

!!UPDATE!! School Board Backs Off

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2 Responses

  1. Probably a young teacher/employee that turned him in. The older teachers that I’ve been around have routinely confiscated far more dangerous things (daddy’s skinning knife, for example) that kiddies brought to school to show their friends. Instead of contacting the SS, the teacher(s) have quietly called the parents to come retrieve the contraband rather than having the child get in legal trouble. This person showed no independent or adult judgment whatsoever.

  2. No common sense anymore swampie. ::sigh::

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