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Published:November 20th, 2010 12:28 EST
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Teacher: Pencils Are Materials To Build Weapons

By Robert Paul Reyes

 

"A Massachusetts school district superintendent said a memo banning sixth graders from carrying pencils was written without district approval.

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North Brookfield School District interim Superintendent Gordon Noseworthy said Wendy Scott, one of two sixth-grade teachers at North Brookfield Elementary School, did not get approval from administrators before sending the memo to all sixth-grade parents, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported Thursday.

The memo said students would no longer be allowed to bring writing implements to school. It said pencils would be provided for students in class and any students caught with pencils or pens after Nov. 15 would face disciplinary action for having materials `to build weapons.`

Noseworthy said the memo does not represent district policy." UPI

This is yet another example of zero tolerance policy taken to an absurd level. Who knew that pencils were "materials to build weapons?" Are the school officials going to remove every last stone, rock and pebble from the school grounds, because they are materials to start a war?

Pencils should be removed from school, but not because they can be used as a weapon. Pencils and pens are so "old-school", I say throw away all the pens and pencils and provide every student with a computer.

Wendy is too uptight, one night with me she will loosen up, and she might even provide the students with switchblades.

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