December 05, 2003
The Brilliance of Zero-Tolerance Laws Again on Exhibit
A high school sophomore who brought Advil to school is being suspended from school for a year. The school administrators have had the need to use their own mental processes and judgment obviated by a state law that requires punishment for any possession of prescription and non-prescription drugs.
In essence, Advil is marijuana is crack is crystal meth is aspirin. Somehow, the state passed legislation that is just this insanely stupid.
Even worse, in this case, though, is that the possible punishments included in-school suspension. The article explains that the student was average in grades and had never had serious discipline problems. So, for having a bottle of Advil in her purse, although she was apparently not a child with a serious discipline problem, she was suspended from school for one full year.
Of course, I'm fairly convinced that people allow laws like this to be passed simply to absolve them of any responsibility to make their own damned decisions. It's easier to point to a law and then simply wash your hands of the situation, apparently, than it is to make anything resembling your own sensible decisions.
Jesus, it's almost enough to make me want to join the Libertarian party.Posted by zombyboy at December 5, 2003 12:35 PM | TrackBack
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