Sunday, August 18, 2002

School Board - Barry Siegel, an LA Times staff writer, tells the story of honor student and star swimmer Taylor Hess's year-long expulsion from his High School because his grandmother's bread knife was found in the bed of his pick-up truck after accidentally falling there while Hess was helping to move his grandmother and her belongings to an assisted-living facility. The story has a happy ending, but shows the absurdity of zero-tolerance policies gone too far. For me, the most disturbing and frustrating element of the story is that School Administrators were afraid to act on the basis of good common sense because they feared future charges of discrimination. This is what gives liberal efforts at promiting social equality through legitimate anti-discrimination efforts a bad rap - and what also gives conservatives the ammunition they need to protest all anti-discrimination efforts.

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