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Teacher suspended on weapons charges for garden tools

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Midwest, Apr 23, 2013.

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  1. Midwest

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    Teacher suspended on weapons charges for garden tools

    http://cnsnews.com/blog/craig-banni...ension-weapons-charge-showing-students-garden


    Teacher gets suspended on a weapons charge for showing his students tools such as wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers. I thought they had 'shop' in school where students would learn how to work with metal and wood and build stuff. At least I remember that way back when.

    Is the no tolerance policy like this in every school district? Or is this the exception? This is a Chicago School District if anyone was wondering.

    Garden Tools...........

    "Despite the fact that all potentially hazardous items were kept out of the students' reach, school officials at Washington Irving Elementary School informed Doug Bartlett, a 17-year veteran in the classroom, that his use of the tools as visual aids endangered his students. Bartlett was subsequently penalized with a four-day suspension without pay - charged with possessing, carrying, storing or using a weapon."
     
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    The tool that he was penalized for bringing to the school, and the one that fell under the definition of a 'weapon' in the school's zero tolerance policy, was a pocketknife. He also demonstrated a box cutter but it was the 2.25" pocketknife that nailed him to the wall.
     
  3. Coop45

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    You should have included Chicago in the title so I could skipped reading the article. LOL! If he'd had a tee shirt on with a NRA logo, he would have gotten the chair. What are they thinking up there?
     
  4. Deus Machina

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    Jeez... I don't think there's a teacher I actually respected that didn't keep a pocket knife on him, right up until i graduated in '05 or '06.

    I've said it before, these 'zero tolerance' policies are destroying school societies.
     
  5. Arkansas Paul

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    I was in high school in the late 1990s and I took small engine repair. We learned how to sharpen lawn mower blades, worked on chainsaws and then cranked them to make sure they worked. They would have really freaked out about that.
     
  6. Fryerpower

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    Ever see the movie Sling Blade?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL6QJSdqlt0

    You can skip to 1:50. Very much implied violence. Great job of framing the scene so that you get the idea without having to see anything.

    -Jim
     
  7. Larry Ashcraft

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    Interesting discussion, but not really on topic for THR.
     
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