I'm all for keeping schools safe. However, I think each instance should be taken on a case-by-case situation. Stories like the honor student leaving his Civil War (inoperable) musket in his truck from a school-sponsored event over the weekend - which results in suspension for the rest of the year because of the "no-weapon" zero tolerance policy fill the news weekly. Let me add one. Friend of ours has an 11 year old son. He and his friend were playing with each other on the playground. They have some game where they see how close they can come to "flick" (thumb on top of the middle finger, then 'flick' the middle finger to almost hit their arm/hand, etc) each other. It was our friend's kid's turn. Just as he was "flicking" someone else ran by the other kid and pushed him, accidentally, into the first kid; resulting in his arm being "flicked." Of course, the teacher turned around to see the actual "flick." All three kids, the pusher, the flicker and the flickee gave the principal statements that it was all accidental, etc. The principal even said he knew it was an accident but unfortunately his hands were tied by the schools' zero tolerance policy. Our friend's kid was suspended for 3 days for violation of the school's anti-violence policy. The other two kids received no suspension. Absolutely ridiculous.