This time the victim is 6-year-old Zachary Christie:
Zachary’s offense? Taking a camping utensil that can serve as a knife, fork and spoon to school. He was so excited about recently joining the Cub Scouts that he wanted to use it at lunch. School officials concluded that he had violated their zero-tolerance policy on weapons, and Zachary was suspended and now faces 45 days in the district’s reform school.
Yep, just another day in the mind-squashing, soul-killing, "zero-tolerance" prison that is the Delaware state school system.
The good news is that Zachary's mother is home schooling him now. The bad news, it seems, is that she only intends to keep this up until her son's punishment is overturned or he goes into the kiddie lockup. After that, presumably, it's back to the regular "schoolag" for another 12 years of mandatory idiocy and degradation. Let's hope Mr. and Mrs. Christie will receive strong encouragement and support from home schooling parents, so that they decide to remove their precious son from the public school system altogether. They strike me as well-meaning people who've only begun to learn how much their government despises them. It's sad to think they might choose to go on being outraged, bewildered victims.
You have to wonder what motivates Zachary's tormentors, the teachers and administrators hell-bent on humiliating and "reforming" him. Their self-important yet feeble excuses give voice to the hive mind of bureaucracy. These drones received orders from above and they obeyed them, to keep their jobs, their status, and their place in the system. The nonsense they mouth about knife fights and eye-gouging is either a salve for the odd guilty conscience, or an attempt to manipulate parents into agreement or at least submission.
Young Zachary is wiser than his enemies:
...I think the rules are what is wrong, not me.