Zero Tolerance Teaches Students Important Lessons About Authority: Don’t Share Information, Don’t Consent to Searches

“It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission,” the popular saying goes. One school in Texas has taught a student a different lesson: better to keep quiet and hope no one notices than to apologize for a mistake. What happened,  via WLS:
Christi Seale says her 17-year-old son Chaz accidentally confused a beer can for a soda can and packed it in his lunch.

 "He was in a hurry, running late. We were talking about school and he put it all together and took off for school," she said.

 When he realized his mistake at school, Chaz gave the unopened beer to his teacher. But that teacher then reported it to the principal at Livingston High School, who suspended the boy for three days and then sent him to an alternative school for two months.

 Chaz said, "I gave it to the teacher thinking I wouldn't get in trouble, and I got in trouble."

That kind of tone deaf, zero tolerance informed move isn’t going to discourage students from underage drinking, it’s going to discourage them from alerting school officials to inadvertent infractions of school policy.

Meanwhile, a student in Tennessee learned never to consent to a search, even when you don’t think you have anything to hide.  Via News Channel 5: Continue reading

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