Sometimes just having a knife in your pocket will get you in trouble

….when you aren’t supposed to and then are dumb enough to brag about it.

arrestYeah, we all do dumb things sometimes, but even when we don’t- we have to be careful nowadays.

Yesterday, a student made mention to someone he had a pocket knife, and he was overheard. This guy obviously, I’m guessing, wasn’t supposed to have his EDC.

Now he is having the book thrown at him- he was arrested on multiple counts and may end up getting kicked out of school, permanently. I’m not for breaking rules and there are consequences to our actions, BUT, or is it, AND we all make mistakes- even dumb ones sometimes.

The Director of the school declared to the Lynn Daily Item, “I am zero-tolerance. If you want to have something like that in here you are going to be out the door.”

The worse part, as I read it, is the student had it in his pocket, but then he made a second mistake by telling somebody, third- dumb thing- he said it loud enough he was overhead.

Positive Press Against Zero Tolerance for Knives

It’s not very often we see positive press about how ridiculous things are getting here in the US when it comes to outlawing knives.

Maureen Downey of AJC

Maureen Downey of AJC

I am very pleased to report Maureen Downey, a writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, did a piece, earlier this week, entitled-  Zero tolerance doesn’t always add up.

The aspect of this story I like the most is her own experience motivated her to speak out. It didn’t result from a Knife Rights, or knife company, press release. I’ll let you read her account, but will quote her on this important point about the Zero Tolerance stance, especially in the context of our schools.

“…..it also eliminates common sense and discretion, and can make school officials appear inane.”

Unfortunately, what we see most of the time are writers jumping on the “knives are weapons” and should be outlawed bandwagon- purely in the abstract.

Let’s applaud Maureen for taking what could be viewed as an unpopular position.

Since I am from Alabama, I had to look up “inane” and it means stupid or silly.