First-grader suspended for multi-tool use

Zachary Christie, a 6-year-old first-grader in Delaware, was suspended from his school last week for bringing a combination fork, spoon, and knife to school to eat with at lunchtime. His mother, Debbie Christie, said her son uses the multi-tool everyday to eat his meals, so she didn’t foresee a problem with it.

Frankly, neither do I. But here’s the real injustice of the situation: since the school has a zero-tolerance policy against dangerous instruments such as a “folding knife,” Zachary was suspended for 45 days and forced to attend an alternative school for troubled youth where he will receive counseling and teaching in behavior modification.

Are you kidding me? This kid sounds like more of a cub scout than problem child. Maybe if this had been in his lunch box, I could understand. Certainly the amount of violence in schools today is a legitimate concern, but given the circumstances, this is a little ridiculous. And apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks so either. Earlier this week, the district’s school board unanimously approved a dramatic reduction in Zachary’s punishment, and he will be returning to school next week. One board member commented that he was disappointed the administration at Zachary’s school didn’t exercise better common sense when dealing with the zero-tolerance policy. Yeah, me too.

[pictured: Coast 10-function Multi-tool]

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