Tuesday, February 15, 2005

More Public School Inanity

Today's zero-tolerance fiasco comes from Cook County, Minnesota, where a Senior at Cook County High School turned in a creative writing assignment that played on the title of Michael Moore's "Bowling in Columbine". When all was said and done he had been suspended and the police, Child Protective Services and the County Prosecutor had all been involved.

The student's essay talked about the killings at Columbine High School in Colorado. The Cook County attorney said the writing raised the concern that (the student) might be a danger to himself or other students or teachers at the school. But the student's mother said she is outraged by the incident.

"He wrote a story for a creative writing class," she said. "There were no boundaries set. It was written last fall."

She said she, her son and family were shocked when the sheriff's deputies knocked on their door last week and escorted him to the hospital in Duluth for observation. The school called the police, the police involved Child Protective Services (CPS). CPS got a court order to seize the child, did not inform the parents, and showed up at the door unannounced to take him away for testing and evaluation. County prosecutors then evaluated whether to charge the boy for an unspecified crime.

The county found that there was no crime, and no specific danger involved, and eventually returned the child to his parents.

The public school insanity goes on...