From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
A Blaine teenager who was suspended from school for 10 days after a box cutter was spotted in his car in his high school's parking lot will be allowed to return to school today, the Anoka-Hennepin school board decided Monday night.
Blaine High School senior Tony Richard, 17, was suspended after admitting that the box cutter was sitting in plain sight in his car's cup holder Sept. 5, where it was spotted by a security guard checking parking passes. Richard said the cutter was a tool he used in his job on a Cub Foods clean-up crew, where his duties included cutting up cardboard boxes.
In suspending Richard, administrators invoked the school's zero-tolerance weapons policy and recommended to the school board that he be expelled.
However, late Monday the six-member board voted 5-1 that despite the policy, Richard can return to school, but will be on probation until Nov. 10, the end of the first quarter at school.
Any infractions during that time could result in his expulsion, school officials said, adding that technically, the punishment will be considered an expulsion for the purposes of record-keeping.
School board members and administrators declined to comment after the vote, citing confidentiality rules around student disciplinary matters.
Full article here.
So the School Board has even less common sense than the school administrators. At least the administrators can claim they are required to follow the idiotic rules. The School Board allows Richard to return to school, but he is on probation and his record will reflect this as an expulsion. What a a crock!
If the School Board had any common sense or even an once of reasoning they would have apologized to Mr. Richard for what their stupid rules put him through and begged him to return to their government monopoly school. They would have immediately altered their insane zero tolerance policy.
As I said before:
Government schooling was never a good idea. It is time to end this monopoly and bring real choice to eduction. With choice, schools would need to provide value to their customers (parents and students) instead of kowtowing to the teachers union and other special interests.