I don’t know Zachary personally…but, he sure sounds like a cool kid. His mom can sure boast about her boy:
Zachary is six years old…He is a smart, happy, outgoing child who plays Little League Baseball, is a Cub Scout, studies martial arts, is actively involved in his church youth group, and is actively involved in school activities.
Last year he participated in the school talent show, the science fair, and the PTA “Reflections” Art Contest, for which he won first place in the State of Delaware for his film, “What Is My Job?”
Zachary reads above grade level and has very advanced math skills as well.
I love math, too. And, camping, and martial arts, and Cub Scouts. See, I told you he was a cool kid 🙂
So, what’s the scoop with Zach? Well, apparently he takes martial arts too far. No, wait, maybe it was camping. No, it was….eating utensils? Correct. He’s been suspended for bring eating utensils to school. Details:
On Tuesday, September 29th, Zachary brought his camping utensil to school to use at lunch (spoon, fork, bottle opener, and knife). As he was getting off the bus, a teacher asked him what he was holding in his hand. Zachary showed it to her and explained why he had brought it…to eat his lunch. The teacher gave the utensil to the principal, at which point Zach was suspended from school pending a school district hearing.
Now, if the story stopped here…not a huge deal, right? Not so fast: Zach now has a date with a new school:
The School District committee recommended that he be alternatively placed at The Douglass School, a reform school for juvenile delinquents. This is the same school where they place children who have severe behavioral problems and who are guilty of such offenses as assault and battery, rape, drug offenses, concealing a deadly weapon, and more.
You have to be kidding me. It’s a bit extreme to send him off to that school for 9 weeks, don’t you think? I agree. Well, if you’re so inclined, you can help Zach by signing a petition that will hopefully convince the Superintendent to change her mind and reverse Zach’s current course. You can sign the petition here.
As an FYI – the form asks for your home address; I just put my city and state.
This event has highlighted the ‘zero tolerance’ weapon policies followed by pretty much every school. It sounds like this is currently being used by some school administrations as a scape-goat to issue ridiculous decisions such as the upcoming one for Zach.
Um….don’t you think teachers/principals would be able to better make case-by-case decisions than one broad, general rule?
At any rate, is anyone else thinking they may start home-schooling their children? I hear there are some great groups being formed to allow home-schooled children to still participate in sports.
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