10--year-old arrested for cutting her lunch with a knife

Filed under: Teens, Day Care & Education

In yet another example of zero tolerance run amok, a 10-year-old girl in Ocala, Florida is facing felony weapons charges for bringing a steak knife to school.

"She did not use it inappropriately. She did not threaten anyone with it. She didn't pull it out and brandish it. Nothing of that nature," explained Marion County School Spokesman Kevin Christian.

No, she was using it to cut the steak she brought for lunch. A few alert teachers noticed the utensil and confiscated it before calling authorities. "Anytime there's a weapon on campus, yes, we have to report it and we aggressively report it because we don't want to take any chances, regardless," Christian said.

Report it, sure. Suspend her for a few days, okay. But charge her with a felony for possessing a weapon on school property, even though she clearly had no intention of using it as a weapon? I just don't understand how this benefits anyone in any way.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.