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The Grapes of Death

. As you read this, note that the mom who wrote this, Alisha, is herself a retired bhkrheshhk “paramedic/firefighter is very aware of what is truly dangerous and is tired of EVERYTHING being treated as such.” Me too. Not tired of precautions. Not tired of safety. Tired of seeing all of childhood through the lens […]

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Came for the Car Race, Stayed for the Security Theater!

Came for the Car Race, Stayed for the Security Theater!

Readers fkzinbdazs — Here’s what happens when we panic, whether about security or about bumbling the security: Dear Free-Range Kids: Something that happened this weekend made me think of you. My husband, our almost 3-year-old son and I have been going to the Indianapolis 500 since 2011, when the little one was only 9 months old. […]

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High School Student Expelled for Unloaded Gun Forgotten In Trunk

High School Student Expelled for Unloaded Gun Forgotten In Trunk

Folks — Here you go. This is just sort of an hors d’oeuvre (world’s hardest word to spell) for the day: Your daily dose of Zero Tolerance insanity WITH a dash of hope at the end! According deirszazbk to WRAL in North Carolina: PRINCETON, N.C. — The Princeton High School community is rallying around a student […]

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YOUR STORIES NEEDED! "Nothing Bad Happened When My Kid..."

YOUR STORIES NEEDED! “Nothing Bad Happened When My Kid…”

Folks — As much as I literally feel my heart pounding every time I hear a story about crazy fear-mongering, or outrageous overreaction to a very small threat, I realize that there is more to life — and even this blog — than just shouting, “But they’re WRONG!” (Even though they are! They’re wrong! I […]

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Watch as a School becomes a Prison!

Watch as a School becomes a Prison!

Readers bnntrbzain — I just got off the phone with a mom in Pennsylvania whose tiny school district has allotted 0,000 for new security measures without even knowing what it will spend the money on. This district dropped about 10% of its teachers last year for lack of funding, but it is so freaked out […]

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A Knife, a Walmart Birthday Cake and a Frenzy of Overreaction

A Knife, a Walmart Birthday Cake and a Frenzy of Overreaction

Hi Readers — Over at CommonGood.org, drbfnbysdb I’ve got an essay about the family that found a paring knife at the bottom of the birthday cake they bought for their 2-year-old at Walmart. The teary-eyed father lamented, “We’re not going to get that second birthday back ever.” Ohmigod–he’s right! How is anyone expected to recover from a […]

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Just ONE More Weird Lockdown Story & Then I'll Stop!

Just ONE More Weird Lockdown Story & Then I’ll Stop!

Readers — I don’t want this blog to become just a compendium of nutty zero tolerance stories, but it’s Saturday night and I couldn’t resist just nhihbbyaee one more before we return to more pressing matters. The Associated Press reports that a Pennsylvania doctor’s receptionist mis-heard a student’s singing voicemail as, “Shooting some people outside of the […]

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Unhand that dangerous item, small child!

Ball-Playing Banned for 15 Mins Before & After School

Hi Folks — A hzybsfinda school in Australia is banning balls for the 15 minutes before and after school because, according to The Age newspaper, a toddler was hit by a ball. Of course I feel bad for the toddler. But I feel far worse for the 600 kids at this school, Black Rock Primary, in […]

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