Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Common Sense Prevails

The case of a young man who made an honest mistake in bringing a knife to school and turned it in when he realized he had it only to be suspended has been made right. The school cancelled the expulsion hearing that was days away. From the Indy Star report:
Today the district administrators cancelled an April 10 hearing that would have considered expelling Elliot, and the school board said in a letter that "we can all learn from this incident and in the future apply some common sense when interpreting rules."

Well, the school board positions are part of the May 2 Primaries, so that might have inspired the reversal. A little national embarrassment couldn't have hurt. Word is that Hannity & Colmes covered the story.

Thanks to Kevin for his tip on Indiana House Bill 1093. As he pointed out, this law is not yet in effect. From the State of Indiana website:

Synopsis: Possession of knives at school. Makes possessing a knife on school property or on a school bus a Class B misdemeanor. Makes the offense a Class A misdemeanor if the offender has a previous unrelated conviction and a Class D felony if the offense results in bodily injury or serious bodily injury to another person.

Effective: July 1, 2006.

Good management = rewarding good behavior, punishing bad behavior. Never deter young people from pursuing good behavior.


Michael said...

Interesting. So, a parent who goes to pick up their kid at school and has their pocket knife on them becomes a criminal. Niiiice. Now, will someone remind me which particular branch of the socialist party is in control of the legislatures in Indiana?

Mike Kole said...

Those would be the Republican and Democrat branches.

Again- heaven help the janitor and the kitchen staff. They all have knives on school premises.

Don't you love one-size-fits-all solutions?

Kevin said...

I tried to find a list of who voted what way on it. It passed the house with only two nays and the Senate with only eight nos. But no list of who.