Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

FOXNews.com - Girl, 10, Arrested for Using Knife to Cut Food at School

A Florida 10-year-old girl brought a knife to school to cut food during lunch. She was arrested for violating a weapons policy and charges are filed. This is a classic case of following the letter of the law and not the spirit. Couldn't a simple discussion with the girl and her parents satisfy the requirements of school safety?

I can see it now. "Sir, your daughter was sent to the principal for cutting her food with a knife." The parent response. "Praise the Lord! I've been trying to teach her manners for years!" I wonder if the parents will be charged because of their association to the crime?

Are we this paranoid as a nation? I'm for safety in school, but come on! Don't people understand that, medically speaking, you can do just as much damage with a sharp pencil or a pen as a steak knife? Will those be illegal soon too?

Here's the kicker. I don't know Florida law, but in some states this child would be able to get an abortion without her parents being notified. Where's the law to protect the safety of that child?

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