Two high school lacrosse players at a Easton, Md. high school were suspended – and one was arrested and taken to jail – for having a lighter and a pen knife they used to maintain their lacrosse sticks. Maybe the high school should hire a new employee authorized exclusively to use tools to maintain sports equipment. Created or saved baby!
Arrested? Taken to jail? Photographed? Finger printed? Come on …
Laura Dennis’ son Graham had a pen knife and a Leatherman that school authorities found while they searched a team bus before it headed to a game. He now faces jail time and damage to his permanent record.
“A police officer came and took him away in handcuffs and they said ‘Give us 40 minutes, we have to process him,’ Laura Dennis said. “So they did mug shots and they fingerprinted. I was able to pick him up from the police department 45 minutes later.”
Doug Edsall’s son Casey had a lighter he also used to fix his lacrosse stick. The school classified it as an explosive device.
Zero tolerance policies simply go way too far.