Monday, February 14, 2005

We've all gone mad, stark raving MAD!

First Grader Punished for Bag of Dirt

Sikeston, Missouri --A Southeast Missouri first grader finds herself in big trouble after playing with a plastic bag she found on the playground.
After finding the bag much like the one disposable utensils come in, Michaela says she decided to make her friend a bag of goodies, "They said what did you make this out of. and what did you tell them. I said out of dirt. And what else. I made it with rocks, clover and dirt."
Her mom, Michele, says after Michaela put the mixture into the bag, she tied the top with a purple ponytail holder and gave it to her friend saying,"here's a bag of dirt."
After recess was over the student gave the bag of dirt to their teacher.
Michele says after meeting with the teacher and principal, she was told that the bag of dirt, "looked like a bag of weed."

Michele says she doesn't deny what her daughter did. But she does disagree with the two-day in-school detention. "They said it would be on her school record as far as disciplinary that she made a look alike drug but I don't feel like that's right. Because she didn't do anything wrong."
Unbelievable. Can our kids just be kids anymore? Everyone is a criminal, and it's guilty until proven innocent, except that due to incidents like this, our kids lose their innocence all too early. Both the teacher and the Principal in this case need a swift kick to the cranium. What's next? "In the news today, and 4 year old was suspended from preschool for coloring outside the lines."

Zero Tolerance has come to mean Zero Common Sense.