Category Archives: Zero Common Sense News

Overreaction? You Make the Call

Heritage Middle School Lockdown

February 14, 2013

Is there such a thing as overreaction by school officials in our country these days? I would have to vote, MAYBE.

This story hits close to home since I live within spitting distance of Meridian but as the story goes a teen was spotted with a suspicious item by a staff member and another student. So far so good.

They reported it to the resource officer. I see common sense being used.

The resource officer initiated a lockdown of the school which affected the surrounding area. Roads were closed, parents were notified and surrounding schools were put on alert and nobody was permitted to leave. What the heck! Continue reading Overreaction? You Make the Call

5 year-old Terror Threat


Tensions and maybe imaginations are running high since the Sandy Hook incident but I can’t help but wonder if we are letting things get out of control. Zero tolerance should not equal zero common sense.

When a 5 year-old gets suspended and deemed a “terror threat” by school officials for telling a classmate she is going to shoot her with her Hello Kitty bubble gun it makes me think there is no more common sense. She didn’t even have the toy with her and the conversation happened days before school officials heard about the it.
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Fifth Grader Searched and Ridiculed

I don’t know how many of you have heard about Melody Valentin, a 5th grader from Philadelphia being searched, scolded and bullied at her school for trying to throw away a piece of scrap paper that resembled a gun, REALLY?

It all started when she was throwing this piece of paper away when another child alerted school officials that Melody had brought a paper gun to school. She was searched and reprimanded by school officials, in front of other students, for bringing a paper gun to school. This official not only handled the situation poorly but threatened to have her arrested; she was humiliated in front of other children which led to bullying and her being called a “murderer” by other students.
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