I have been meaning to write about the zero-tolerance policy at Eagan (MN) High School that allegedly resulted in a suspension for a student who defended herself in a fight. Although it is tempting to place this in the "too good to fact check" category, the reaction of school officials suggest that there is more to the story. For example, there could have been physical provocation that was not caught on camera.
I am reminded of the story about the kid who was allegedly barred from a school field trip to the Minnesota Vikings practice facility for wearing a Packers jersey. Privacy rules prevented school officials in that case from giving the real reason for the suspension. In later court filings, we learned that there was more disruptive behavior than just the jersey. It is important to get all the facts in one of these school suspension cases.
Let us assume, though, that the Eagan incident is exactly as it appears. During an on-air discussion of this topic, I called the local Joe Soucheray radio show (AM 1500) with a question. If schools are teaching students to defend themselves from a Columbine-style gunman by throwing books, would such students also be subject to suspension under zero tolerance?