OCALA - A 10-year-old girl could face a felony weapons charge after she brought a kitchen knife to school with her steak lunch, the child's uncle said Saturday.I'd be distraught too. If I was Thomas or any of this girl's family, I'd be bringing this story to the attention of every major media organization there is. The Orlando Sentinel and Ocala Star Banner are a start, Wizbang is glad to help.
Marion County deputies arrested the girl Thursday at Sunrise Elementary School and took her to the Juvenile Assessment Center. School faculty had seen her cutting the steak with the knife at lunch. They took the knife away from her before calling the Sheriff's Office and her uncle.
Her uncle, Kenneth Thomas, said the child was distraught by the arrest.
Rules to keep weapons out of school have a purpose. Using a knife on steak, I think that would tell anyone isn't a crime. Instead some brainless school officials call the police.
Note- Pencils, pens, even eyeglasses(Anyone remember the scene in The Godfather Part III?) and other items can be turned into dangerous weapons. However we do allow them into schools. We expect school officials to use common sense, which apparently no one involved with Marion County schools possess. This newspaper article has a school spokesperson give the canned response 'has zero tolerance for weapons on school grounds." Brains must be baned on school grounds too. For both articles clearly state, the girl wasn't threatening, just eating her lunch. Eating lunch is a crime in Central Florida!
From Sunrise Elementary School's front page
Do What's Right, Do Your Best, Treat Others the Way You Want to Be Treated.Principal Burgess and the rest of this school's sorry administration doesn't practice what they preach.
I've never been one to urge people to protest. My means of protesting is giving people Knucklehead awards over at my main blog. However I'll make an exception for Mr. Burgess and the school he runs. Feel free to bombard them with emails and phone calls. Here's the information.
Sunrise Elementary School
375 Marion Oaks Course
Ocala, FL 34473
Phone: (352) 671-6200
Fax: (352) 671-6206
(800) 955-8770 (FRS)
(800) 955-8771 (TTY)
Marion County School board contacts
School Chairperson Judi Zanetti 352-671-7995 Judith.Zanetti@marion.k12.fl.us
Steve Hering (352)245-4146 Steven.Hering@marion.k12.fl.us
Vice Chair Bobby L. James (352) 427-3781 Bobby.James@marion.k12.fl.us
Sue Mosley (352)624-1875 Sue.Mosley@marion.k12.fl.us
Ron Crawford 352)591-0356 Ron.Crawford@marion.k12.fl.us
The people responsible for jailing the 10-year-old, need to be made into laughingstocks. Harrassing these idiots for a start, I think is only justified. They need to see what an outrageous mistake was made at Sunrise Elementary School, and make sure it never happens again.