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 inÂ Chesterfield County Va. is now feeling the wrath of her school’s zero tolerance policy. Â TheÂ young girl was criminally charged with possession of a weapon on school property after she was caught with a knife atÂ Matoaca Elementary School on Monday.
It was a small folding knife that was never even taken out of the box.Â Â A Chesterfield Police spokeswoman said.
â€œThe student did not display the knife or threaten anyone with it. No one was injured,â€
Chesterfield Schools spokesman, Tim Bullis, said in a statement,â€œWe take seriously our responsibility to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from distraction and disruption.Â 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.â€
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.