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Zero Intelligence Policy
That's what it took to bring down the full weight of the asinine "Zero Tolerance" policy on Stratford Creek High School, in Goose Creek, South Carolina. Wendy McElroy writes that students "were forced onto their knees or against walls, while dogs sniffed their backpacks for drugs." (None were found.)

Silly me! I paid so little attention in geography class that I thought South Carolina was part of the current United States of America, not the USSR, 20 years ago. Jack-booted thugs are, apparently, part of a solid high school education. I guess they don't learn about stuff like that Fourth Amendment thingamajiggie with that probable cause whatchamacallit.

The "Zero Tolerance" idiocy extends way, way down...down to elementary school in New Jersey, where prosecutors have charged a seven-year-old boy with molesting a five-year-old girl. Yes, "molesting." When I was growing up, they called it what the defense attorney rightly called it: "playing doctor." Is there a virus going around, spreading rampant stupidity around the country, like wildfire?

It's gotten to the point where a kid can't even hang onto an asthma inhaler!

Posted by aalkon at November 30, 2003 9:40 AM