Zero Evidence

James Alan Fox pans zero tolerance policies in schools:

Just weeks ago, a 7-year-old Maryland boy was suspended after he nibbled away at his breakfast pastry until it was left shaped like a gun. A Colorado girl, who mistakenly grabbed her mother’s lunch bag from the kitchen counter while rushing off to school, was punished after she learned of her error and volunteered the small paring knife that her mother had packed for slicing an apple. Ignorance was no excuse.

He claims that “no evidence exists that the zero tolerance approach has made schools any safer” and that, if anything, “school climate has been harmed, not helped, by this excessively rigid and punitive approach to school safety.”