More Marks Against Public Schools

In an extension of yesterday’s post (and again, thanks to Instapundit), here’s another example of politicians and school bureaucrats hiding behind “the rules”.

A 17-year-old Eagle Scout in upstate New York has been barred from stepping foot on school grounds for 20 days — for keeping a 2-inch pocketknife locked in a survival kit in his car.

Read the whole thing, of course, but there’s no misleading gotcha in the article, like he was a gang member or something. In fact, he already had finished 10 weeks of basic training, is an Eagle Scout, and was applying to West Point. And these… bureaucrats could very well affect his chances of going to his school of choice. Like I alluded to yesterday, the issue here is the amount of power someone like this vice-principal has over this kid’s life. Every time you give up liberty is needs to be a damn good reason. Keeping pocket knives out of school isn’t one of those reasons, in my opinion. It doesn’t even come close.

One response to “More Marks Against Public Schools

  1. Old article, but still along the lines of overreaction in public schools: http://www.spokesmanreview.com/news-story.asp?ID=s1478589&date=012704

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