Over at Ed News Colorado, I authored a post today titled “The Absurdity of Zero-Tolerance Zealots” – about the incident at Cherokee Trail High School. (Just in case you wanted to see my thoughts on the matter.)
Mr. Bob wonders if the crackdown is coming on the Color Guard next.
Meanwhile, the state senate minority office reports proposed legislation may be coming to address the overreach of “zero-tolerance” policies on students in military-oriented youth groups:
DENVER â€”Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, today expressed his outrage upon hearing news that a student leader in the Douglas County Young Marines was suspended from Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora for having prop rifles–used in drills and ceremonies–in her car. Lundberg said he is looking into legislative action to ensure there are exceptions to protect student soldiers.
â€œThere should be exemptions to this hard and fast rule so this type of thing doesn’t happen again,â€ Lundberg said. â€œI am outraged that a student faces expulsion for participating in a drill team.â€
Marie Morrow, a 17-year-old senior at Cherokee Trail, was suspended last week after several drill-team guns made of wood, duct tape, and plastic were found in her car. School district officials declared the guns to be authentic representations of genuine weapons and called for Morrow’s expulsion under state law. She is currently serving a 10-day suspension.
Lundberg pulled a bill title today in hopes that he can prevent students active in military-sponsored youth groups from facing the same disciplinary action in the future. A bill could be introduced soon. [link added]