Readers — Got this note yesterday and it really resonated, mostly because it shows another instance of the authorities being deliberately dense, “for the sake of the children.” The case reminds me of the Zero Tolerance laws, when schools deliberately refuse to acknowledge the difference between a Lego gun and a Glock, or a Cub Scout “spork” and a spear. While I applaud the idea of helping kids if they have problems like cutting, I am sick of this cultural decision to be dumb as a stump. So read on, if you don’t mind getting mad, too. This comes to us from Kathy, a mom of two in Maryland. — L.
This cut in class was an ACCIDENT. This little girl had no intention of cutting herself when she walked into that class, nor did she have grand plans to start self-mutilation.
I am stunned at the reaction of the school. In my opinion, they are grossly overreacting to common in-school injury. What’s next? If someone breaks their arm on the playground, they have to sign away their recess rights for the rest of their school career?! If a kid doesn’t finish their lunch, do they have to sign a pledge saying they won’t become anorexic? Yikes! — Kathy