Re: If Secret Service OKs Ahmed, maybe, Irving School officials should
My point is that we have already done this, it's not a matter of Ahmed being the first to suffer from these zero tolerance rules he's just the latest that has made the national news. I can't send my kids to school with a cough drop in their pocket, I can't send a plastic knife in their lunchbox, if they chew a pop tart into a shape that someone somewhere might think remotely looks like a gun or write a story about shooting a dinosaur they can be suspended (all reasons other kids have been suspended from public schools). This isn't a profiling issue, it is a lack of common sense decision making that has been removed from public schools. A teacher who was unaware of the conversation between Ahmed and another teacher saw the clock and worried about what it might be. At that point there was no turning back, zero tolerance trumps any rational thinking. We ask students to be creative inside a very specific set of guidelines, there will always be kids who fall outside of those lines so until we rethink the removal of decision making from teachers and school staff we're going to keep having this problem.