Zero tolerance: School suspends kid named Grass for possession of …

by editor on April 11, 2011

When school officials say zero tolerance for drugs, what they really mean is zero tolerance for something that might be mistaken for drugs by someone who doesn’t really know his aspirin from a hole in the ground.

AOL News has the tale of zero tolerance for intelligence:

Seventh-grader Adam Grass and three other students at Hickory Middle School in Chesapeake, Va., were suspended last week after being caught with what teachers initially thought was a bag of marijuana but turned out to be a stash of oregano, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

Unfortunately for the disciplined boys, now facing expulsion, there isn’t much of a difference between Italian herbs and Mary Jane, at least in the state’s eyes. According to school board member Christie Craig, Virginia has a zero-tolerance policy against “imitation controlled substances.”

Mary Jane? Nice use of slang that no one has used since the 60s, AOL News. This will certainly go a long way toward convincing people that you’re still bitchin’ and groovy.

H/T: Mathew S. Harrison

Source: AOL News

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Katz Heitmann
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Throwing these kids out of school will mean they are out on the streets making a mess of things. Keeping them in school is punishment enough for anyone. You gotta wonder bout some of these people in education were they born that way or did they suffer a head injury. They should have stored them called the cops told them to bring a drug kit or a dog. Or both. Expelling them just tells them they get a break from school suspention is the same way so I say work detention they clean the year after classes and bathrooms during recess for a month and they get it that they need to behave. This is the worst case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater I ever heard of since if the parents aren’t getting it done and the system is stupid then the kids are in trouble and that’s a fact.

RJ Lewis
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I find this absolutely stupid. The 0 tolerance program went into effect when my kids started school (they are adults now). My son, then in KINDERGARTEN, got suspended for 10 days for “chasing a little girl down the hallway” — I gather he intended to kiss her? Who knows what was goin thru his mind at the ripe old age of 5. Suspension punishes the parents far more than the kids, who see it as a free pass to stay home from school. Do what I did– INSIST they keep the kid in school- in the office if necessary, and give him his work to do there. Suspending them isn’t a punishment, however sitting in the office with their peers looking on may make them think the next time they wanna do something stupid themselves. But yeah, this crapola of 0 tolerance starts in kindergarten….of all stupid things.. your nanny state at work folks. How much more will you tolerate, before saying “no more”???

quindan
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This is so over the top, this Zero tolerance is as wacked out as the airport scans and feel-U-ups. The nuts who are in charge of the asylum need to be removed!

RIP
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I totally agree about the Nuts/Nazis in control, but (& I really hate to say this) if the real drug pusher types thought they could get away with bringing the real stuff into the schools, they most likely would.

In other words, if it became a running joke/gag in the schools, some enterprising dealers would start to bring real pot in right under the noses of the intellectually-challenged teachers. The teachers would not likely be as vigilant as a result ect…, ect…

But yes, I agree completely, they are a bunch of control freaks.

rs
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Nothing like dealing a little oregano to unsuspecting middle-school dupes.

Dave
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That picture looks just like the schwag high school kids burn

JPTravis
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Let me guess: the bag of oregano was labeled “Grass” because it’s the kid’s name? Heh heh. I’m laughing, I have to admit.

Now that he’s been suspended, he can change the label to “Dope.”

Thallus
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This stupidity isn’t new. Back in the day, and I will not say when the day was to avoid severely dating myself, soaking toothpicks in various flavorings was a big thing. Cinnamon was the most common, but I decided to try McCormicks Imitation Rum flavoring, not that that was my top choice, but was the most attractive I could pilfer from mom’s baking ingredients. Well story short, having “rum” in my possession resulted in a three day suspension from Jr. High School. Stupid then, stupid now.

theBeachBumConservat!ve
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theBeachBumConservat!ve

a kid like this would view ‘Suspension’ as a stay at home Vacation.

During which, he could experiment with the entire spice rack. Keep him at school, he’s not that bright to begin with.

theBeachBumConservat!ve
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theBeachBumConservat!ve

Please, during my High School years, I made ‘Dazed and Confused’ look like an episode of Dawsons Creek.

Half my Senior Class was high. Teenagers in Public Schools posses drugs. Experimentation is what teenagers do. For simple possession, they should NOT be thrown out of school. The punishment may be worse than the crime.

theBeachBumConservat!ve
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theBeachBumConservat!ve

Love it or Hate it, its reality. Students in Public School reflect Society. And that certainly is not entirely their fault. I would argue that in Schools, a certain amount of tolerance should be exercised.

I don’t believe in the Joe ‘Lean on Me’ Clark school of hard knocks and 0% Tolerance. We’re, generally, not talking about Crack here, these are mostly Marijuana offenses. The Dropout rate is alarming enough as is.
If you want a 0% Drug-Free Oasis in a drug fueled culture, good luck.

Like guns, there’s no use in more writing up more laws, either. They are already illegal. The cats already out of the bag, and they are getting high anyway. you’re just not catching them. But feel great about the ones you do catch, now left with a 5th Grade education? ‘geez. Lets slap a few Felonies on him while we’re at it, make sure he never gets a job.’ I’m all for the betterment of Society, but not one built on the broken backs of Pot smoking Jr High and High School kids, please!

arlan
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zero tolerance is a wonderful thing. It allows the school administrator to avoid making any disiplinary decisions. The rule book says this behavior requires this punishment. End of story. Anyone that can read can be a school administrator these days.
Under zero tolerance life is good. If a bully beats up on another student and the other student defends him/herself, both students get suspended. That way the bullied student won’t report the incident the next time. See how it goes? Everything is nice and peaceful for the school administrator then.

Noelegy
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What were these kids doing with a “stash” of oregano? I’m not saying the school didn’t act stupidly–that’s a given–but it sounds like the kids were trying to provoke something. Unless they were both part of some home economics class that was celebrating “Italian Week” and was low on funds, there is NO reason why they should have been bringing oregano to school.

KimmyQueen
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They had the oregano as a joke as per the story (video). It was a stupid move, because he wanted to make a joke that it DOES look like Marijuana. Although of course, the rule is stupid and it DOES invite this type of assinine behavior, since they knew what they were doing like the Mother said they do get what they get. Like The BeachBum said suspension is nothing unless they get expelled. They SHOULD remain in school with some type of punishment instead.

Noelegy
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Oh…I read this at work and can’t see the videos here.

toocoldinwa
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Here is their email address:
hmshawks@cpschools.com
Join me in telling them they’re retarded. I just did.

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