Originally Posted by Just Passin' By
Any punishment should be tailored to the individual and the circumstances. A 'zero tolerance' policy is the kind of stupidity that gets kids 6 year old kids suspended because of a butter knife in their backpack. Also, despite all the talk about how this was at school, the reality is that today's schools are trying to apply their rules and zero tolerance policies to things that happen off campus. It's all part of the same police state encroachments supported by the sort of useful idiots who think the world needs to come complete with hospital corners and that any law or rule that purports to be about safety is a good one.
Zero tolerance for arson? Zero tolerance for assault? Zero tolerance for rape? Zero tolerance for assaulting a teacher?
Some things are pretty black and white.
What if this girl gets off with a warning only to come back and do it again causing serious injury? I'll tell you "what then": the same people bitching about using common sense not to punish a kid for "experimenting" with chemicals will be bitching about ignoring obvious warning signs.
The same hyperbole that leads an agenda-driven writer to say, "poor little kid was arrested for popping the cap on a water bottle" will turn to " students maimed by poisonous gas explosion after police ignored troubled student's previous attempts to detonate a container filled with dangerous chemicals on school grounds".
The school did what it had to do. You bring chemicals onto school property and mix them in a container in an attempt to cause some unknown reaction? Get the **** out and explain it to the authorities. They can handle it. They can decide whether this was a harmless lapse in judgement or a dangerous action that was fortunate not to cause serious injuries. You want your kid to randomly mix chemicals and seal them in bottles? Do it away from my kid.