9-Year-Old Girl Criminally Charged Thanks To Zero Tolerance [WATCH]

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Schools have a way of overreacting when it comes to what they deem dangerous. We all remember the incident when a child was punished for chewing his pop tart into the shape of a gun.

A nine-year-old girl in Chesterfield County Va. is now feeling the wrath of her school’s zero tolerance policy.  The young girl was criminally charged with possession of a weapon on school property after she was caught with a knife at Matoaca Elementary School on Monday.

It was a small folding knife that was never even taken out of the box.  A Chesterfield Police spokeswoman said.

“The student did not display the knife or threaten anyone with it. No one was injured,”

Chesterfield Schools spokesman, Tim Bullis, said in a statement,“We take seriously our responsibility to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from distraction and disruption. Students who violate student conduct regulations are subject to suspension and/or expulsion, and, if the offense is a violation of the law, to prosecution.”

The extreme punishment of charging a 9-year-old girl with possession of a weapon has caused quite the stir in Chesterfield. Many parents think the school was right to do what they did. They think a child, no matter how old, should never be allowed to carry a knife to school. Other parents think the punishment was too much, saying that the school should have just confiscated the small knife and called the parents for a meeting. Do you think the school went to far? Watch the video and tell me what you think.

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