Sept. 23: It's back to school for Blaine senior after suspension over box cutter

  • Article by: TERRY COLLINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 3, 2008 - 7:17 AM

The Anoka-Hennepin school board voted against expulsion, but put the senior on probation until November.

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lenny7Sep. 22, 0810:07 PM

This case doesn't illustrate a dilemma of zero tolerance, it's illustrates the stupidity.

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topmanlbSep. 22, 0810:20 PM

When I heard this before, I found commonsense lacking and the policy did not leave room for reasoned judgment, at least as it was reported. Let's hope all is well for all involved, and reason has a place in all of us!

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zellerdudeSep. 22, 0810:23 PM

I just read where they decided to let the young man back into school and put him on "probation". The kid has a "record" consisting of a few tardies during his whole high school career. He is industrious enough to have an after-school job - a miracle in and of itself in this society wherein teenagers have such a sense of entitlement. The fact that he had to miss school for 2 weeks is idiocy in and of itself. I understand the need to protect the students and make rules to do so, but this is totally ridiculous. I cannot remember the cartoon name, but there was a quote I do recall - "We have met the enemy and it is us!"

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gfsorumSep. 22, 0810:25 PM

The school and community should feel fortunate that Richard has the initiative to take a job regardless of it's requirements. My first job at a drive-in theater at the age of 16 kept me there until after the second movie began, well after 2:00 A.M. Where I work now, all minors are to be off the clock by 9:45 P.M. Seems like Richard has some fine qualities that need to be supported rather than restricted by hindering his education. "Is there anybody out there?"

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ejkohnkeSep. 22, 0811:10 PM

Anyone know what happens if the parents and student's do not sign the handbook written by people that have no common sense? A knife is a tool until it is put in the hands of irresponsible people with no respect for the people around them.

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helterSep. 22, 0811:10 PM

A rule is a rule. If he is responsible enough to get a job and keep it (and big props to him for doing that), he should be responsible enough to not bring the box cutter to school if it is prohibited. He brought it, got caught (innocent as it may seem) and should pay the piper. Keep in mind - this excuse would not fly in a lot of places. If he were to walk into a Govt facility with a registered gun (if he worked a gun range)or took the same box cutter to the airport to catch a flight - he would be in trouble - no questions asked. Zero tolerance is there so that there is no misunderstanding on the part of either party as to what is allowed or not under any circumstances. I think the administration came up with a decent compromise in this case - Richard was lucky - neither he nor others should expect any such compromises in the future.

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perronjpSep. 22, 0811:14 PM

To learn the skills needed to master critical thinking. And these are the people who teach them. Great lesson for the day. Perhaps tommorrow the school can return to its core function; teaching the kids the value of having two mommies, or the facts supporting Global Warming, without examining any thoughts from scientists who are not in lockstep with the teachers. Or possibly they can tell the kids how SAT and ACT tests are flawed, but not to worry because the schools do not want the lawmakers to focus here, but rather study the problems associated with the current drinking age. And what can we expect from our schools when they are never "fully funded," whatever that means, but I have never heard the needed $ amount required. Oh well, Keep up the great work, and maybe the laws that require testing to see how your schools students are doing will go away once the Great Satan Bush is gone. I am guessing the kids learned alot from this example of the thought process. Al Franken couldn't have written a better plot for SNL.

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margaret_schSep. 22, 0811:27 PM

If students, teachers, custodians or kitchen workers of the school have other jobs or hobbies requiring things like saws, hammers, nails or cigarette lighters, does this mean that they will be forced to hide them in their trunks not knowing if they'll be discovered, stash them under some tree near their workplace or wherever they're going to smoke or do whatever they're going to do, or what? What's a tool and what's a weapon? How is this kid supposed to take his box cutter to Cub as he is apparenty required to do for his after-school job?

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margaret_schSep. 22, 0811:29 PM

I admire him for his good attitude about this whole thing, as well as for his industriousness on the job.

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tonytecSep. 22, 0811:32 PM

I am impressed, common sense won one!

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