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.
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.