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Is a zero tolerance policy a good, or a bad thing?

posted 10/9/2013 2:31:45 PM |
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Is a zero tolerance policy a good, or bad thing? I believe this policy started being applied about 20 years ago in a lot of schools to deal with drugs. It has been applied to other areas as well ranging from what is considered anything that may be considered a weapon to even peoples attitudes. Has this policy gone a little too far as far as throwing out just good plain 'ole common sense, or is this a helpful tool? I do feel that people and places should be very strict on drug use in the workplace and/or school, but i feel that it throws out the basic common sense in society. Where do you stand on this issue?

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sugarnspice005

Oct 9 @ 3:43PM  
Zero tolerance can be a good thing as long as it's applied to illegal drugs. But schools are getting crazy with taking away aspirin or prescriptions from the kids. Where is the common sense?

Wordsofwit

Oct 9 @ 8:23PM  
It can also apply to things like speeding in a school zone or texting. It is a hard line and authorities should use discretion for example when I lived in Texas this happened:

A high school senior in a rural area outside of Dallas who drove to school couldn't get his car started so he took his dad's pick up. He got expelled for bringing a weapon on campus because there was a 30/30 in the gun rack of his dad's pick up.

In another case in my old town of Irving a woman got a ticket for using her cell phone while driving in a school zone under zero tolerance. She was stopped in traffic by the school and had called her junior high age son to find out why he wasn't at the pick up point.

There are all sorts of stories like this. Even though it can be abused due to political patronage (e.g. they mayor's son vs. a commoner's son), there does need to be the ability for discretion.
sugarnspice005

Oct 10 @ 12:48AM  
We right now have a story going on where 4 high school students just got suspended for having porn on their cell phones.

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Is a zero tolerance policy a good, or a bad thing?