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Published:May 21st, 2009 19:06 EST
Girl, 15, Suspended From School For Having Eyebrow Trimmer In Purse

Girl, 15, Suspended From School For Having Eyebrow Trimmer In Purse

By Robert Paul Reyes


"A Pittsburgh-area teenager has been suspended from middle school when a random search turned up an eyebrow shaver in her handbag. Officials at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills recommended at a Wednesday disciplinary hearing that 15-year-old be expelled for the rest of this year and 45 days next year.

The teen said she doesn`t consider the eyebrow trimmer a weapon. She fears expulsion will hurt her chances of becoming a nurse-anesthetist. She`s a Girl Scout and a member of the school`s basketball team, choir and leadership team." The Associated Press

A student shouldn`t be stripped of his constitutional rights. A random search of a student`s handbag is nothing short of unreasonable search and seizure. This is America and we shouldn`t tolerate this egregious violation of a child`s privacy.

I had never heard of an eyebrow shaver -- I did a Google Image search, and the object looks fairly innocuous. I don`t think that the honor student was going on a murderous rampage armed with an eyebrow trimmer. Only an idiot would consider an eyebrow trimmer a weapon.

It`s insane that this Girl Scout is going to be suspended for 60 days for having an eyebrow trimmer. It`s not like she was brandishing the fear-inducing weapon in front of other students, it was inside her purse.

Zero tolerance laws are a disgrace, the victims of these idiotic laws are usually honor students and not the thugs who carry weapons and use drugs.