I recently ran across an article on CNN.com about the zero tolerance policy going, in my opinion, slightly overboard. A twelve year old girl was arrested, slapped in handcuffs, and taken to jail for what the school called a “crime”. Alexa Gonzalez doodled on her desk in Spanish class in erasable green marker. Here’s the link:  http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/18/new.york.doodle.arrest/index.html?iref=allsearch  This happened in New York City. In another case, a five year old threw a violent tantrum and was handcuffed and taken to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation.  in the case of the doodling at most a detention would suffice or just making her wash the desk. I understand that if a child is damaging others and themselves, they should be detained, not called insane! I don’t know. Opinions?

 

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