Girl’s arrest for doodling raises concerns about zero tolerance

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CNN — There was no profanity, no hate. Just the words, “I love my friends Abby and Faith. Lex was here 2/1/10 :” scrawled on the classroom desk with a green marker.Alexa Gonzalez, an outgoing 12-year-old who likes to dance and draw, expected a lecture or maybe detention for her doodles earlier this month. Instead, the principal of the Junior High School in Forest Hills, New York, called police, and the seventh-grader was taken across the street to the police precinct.

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I’ve always said that Zero Tolerance = Zero Thought.  It takes away the responsibility of any of the adults in the situation, leading to a “oh I was just following orders” level of management in the school system.

2 thoughts on “Girl’s arrest for doodling raises concerns about zero tolerance

  1. God damnit! I just typed a whole spiel and the site crashes. Anyway, short version:
    It’s completely ridiculous. I’ve actually been warned by my chair because I’ve not enforced a given Zero Tolerance Policy. We’re the adults; we’re supposed to make those kinds of decisions. We should model the kind of behavior that we expect from the kids. All we’re saying now is We don’t know what to do. We have no control. If we expect them to grow up to be adults that can be responsible, make choices and the tough decisions, then we need to show them how.

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