Punishment For Performing An Act

1180 Words Jan 28th, 2015 5 Pages
This case describes several instances in which a student received punishment for performing an act that could have potentially been harmful to those around them. In the scenarios mentioned, most of the actors are young kids. For instance, one 10-year-old girl in particular was arrested for cutting her food during lunch with a knife she brought from home. Another six-year old boy was charged with sexual harassment for running outside naked from his bath to ask the school bus driver to wait. These harsh sentences are a result of Zero-Tolerance policies. According to the case, “’Zero Tolerance’ means that no second chance no evaluating of the situation, and no weighing of consequences be given to the act” (Burnor 141). Zero Tolerance polices maintain that anytime there is a discretion, punishments are given without consideration of the circumstances. The students who violate the policy and the students that are attending school are the ones affected by this case, because the sole purpose of this policy is to protect those students. School administrators have taken this case to question whether these punishments are confusing the child and causing anxiety, or whether these children are actually teaching the kinds of values that adults want them to learn. The philosophical issue is whether or not implementing Zero-Tolerance policies in schools are morally right?
Recently, numerous teachers feel that implementing the Zero-Tolerance policy is very necessary. This is because there…
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