Zero Tolerance Policy on Display: Boy Suspended for Using Broken Pencil Sharpener

Boy suspended for using broken pencil sharpener

“We’re always going to do something to make sure the child understands the seriousness of having something that could potentially harm another student, but we’re going to be reasonable,” he said.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — A 10-year-old boy here has been suspended from school for having something most students carry in their supply boxes: a pencil sharpener.

The problem was his sharpener had broken, but he decided to use it anyway.

A teacher at Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary School noticed the boy had what appeared to be a small razor blade during class on Tuesday, according to a Beaufort County sheriff’s report.

It was obvious that the blade was the metal insert commonly found in a child’s small, plastic pencil sharpener, the deputy noted.

The boy — a fourth-grader described as a well-behaved and good student — cried during the meeting with his mom, the deputy and the school’s assistant principal.

He had no criminal intent in having the blade at school, the sheriff’s report stated, but was suspended for at least two days and could face further disciplinary action.

District spokesman Randy Wall said school administrators are stuck in the precarious position between the district’s zero tolerance policy against having weapons at school and common sense.

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One Response to “Zero Tolerance Policy on Display: Boy Suspended for Using Broken Pencil Sharpener”

  1. Jonathan Says:

    “school administrators are stuck in the precarious position between the district’s zero tolerance policy…and common sense.”

    If your policy is that far removed from common sense, maybe it’s a ridiculous policy.

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