Thursday, May 20, 2004

Stupid School Administrator Tricks

CYNTHIA L. GARZA, FT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM, TX - A wooden baseball bat, no longer than 8 inches and visible through a car window, spurred Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School officials to call sophomore Cory Henson out of class Monday in order to search his vehicle. Under the Fort Worth school district's zero-tolerance policy, Henson was immediately suspended, pending a conference with administrators today. Officials will decide whether the bat is considered a weapon that would merit punishment, including placement in an alternative school or expulsion for up to a year.

"First I was stunned," said Cory's mother, Sheila Henson. "I thought, I'll go up there and investigate this a little further.". . .

Henson describes the bat no bigger than the souvenir bats available at professional baseball games. The piece found in Cory's car broke off a trophy, he said. He does not know how it ended up car but said someone was probably playing with it and left it in the back seat. . .

What's more confounding to Henson is that it was the small bat, and not the full-sized aluminum bat that was in the trunk with other baseball equipment, that was confiscated as a weapon.

Sgt. Daniel Garcia of the Fort Worth Police Department School Initiative Unit said he was not aware of the full-sized bat in the car. If the student plays baseball at the school, then common sense would prevail in the situation, he said.

"The [smaller] bat could be constituted as an illegal club," because it was in the driver's access area and had a hole in the center of it, Garcia said.

Police did not file any criminal charges and any handling of the situation is solely at the district level now, Garcia said.


At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the world coming to? We can't do anything without someone thinking we have other motives.

At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay, zero tolerance strikes again thus proving two things. People are inherently stupid, and a policy with such good intentions usually just gets good kids in trouble and does little to nothing about the real problems that it was made to address.

ps. luke is awesome


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