In my last discussion on zero tolerance I thought we were making some progress dismantling it. Rather it appears things are getting much worse:
Va — Hugging is now a punishable offense at one Fairfax County, Va., school.
Kids at Kilmer Middle School in suburban Washington, D.C., are under a zero-tolerance touching policy. They’re banned from poking, prodding, hugging — even high-fiving.
School officials said that at the overcrowded school, pokes can lead to fights and handshakes can be gang-related.
Yes, let’s socially isolate young students as much as possible by banning innocuous hug and handshakes. That can’t be unhealthy!
True, as “school officials” have wisely stated, some handshakes can be gang-related. But I don’t think there’s much “can be” if it’s Timmy the chess club president caught showing a sign of friendship to a fellow classmate. But I guess he could be a banger, so to avoid the risks we’ll simply expel him and anyone else caught being human for the remainder of the school year.
What the school board really ought to do is approve the distribution of Soma. Huxley would be proud.