Delaware School Board Eases Zero-Tolerance Rule

A Delaware first-grader who faced a lengthy punishment for taking his favorite camping utensil to school -- a combination folding knife, fork and spoon -- has gotten a reprieve.

The Christina school board made a hasty change to its strict code of conduct Tuesday night.

The seven-member board voted unanimously to reduce the punishment for kindergartners and first-graders who take weapons to school or commit violent offenses to a suspension ranging from three to five days.

Six-year-old Zachary Christie had faced 45 days in an alternative school for troublemakers after he took the utensil to school to eat lunch.

The punishment is one of several in recent years that has sparked national debate on whether schools have gone too far with zero tolerance policies.


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  • by voter Location: nc on Oct 13, 2009 at 09:46 PM
    gosh;;;maybe sanity will prevail. and for you liberals,,where's the kid's du rag?? an obvious afront to wholesomeness and decency
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Oct 13, 2009 at 09:16 PM
    Amen, Matt, you said it all.
  • by kay Location: winterville on Oct 13, 2009 at 08:39 PM
    How refreshing that someone used their brain, got their nose out of the rule and regulation book and applied common sense for a change...Zero Tolerance in a crock.... This type of rigid thinking needs to go .... Im grateful that someone saw the light.... this little boys life is too precious to mess him up with this kind of ridiculousness.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2009 at 08:09 PM
    Matt How did you get all of that from a school ruling? I would hope you are more intelligent than that.Do you blame the leaders of this State when the dog chew up your paper?
  • by HOBIE CAT on Oct 13, 2009 at 07:21 PM
    YOU KIDDING ME WHAT HAS THIS WORLD (america)COME TO??? I use take my camping items to school.
  • by Matt Location: NC on Oct 13, 2009 at 07:14 PM
    You can thank Fox news for getting the word out on this one....once again they're the news leader. This was an unbelievable punishment for a 6 year old. I wish they felt as strong about punishing street thugs. We can only hope 2010 will bring more reasonable represenatives in the senate and house. What we have now are dictator wannabes.
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