Hammer, Don`t Hurt `Em

Submitted by: fancylad 9 years ago in

What was this 9-year-old girl suspended for, just for bringing it to school?
There are 97 comments:
Male 211
lol @ dang007
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Male 762
Those americans , when are they gonna learn ?
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Male 2,422
Maybe you should simply explain things to the child and take away the tools while she is at school and then give them back when she goes home. Since when is a hammer, a screw drive, and a few pebbles the equivalent of a bomb threat. America "sigh"
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Male 299
i bring my lockpicking set to school and they dont whine about that.
and about that headmistres woman, yeah all kids that come across a hammer immidiatly go into kill mode.
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Female 652
they could of just given her detention so she knows she cant bring things like that but damn
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Male 663
I will only say this the only people who give a rats ass about your "school record" are teachers. The rest of the world could not care less. When is the last time someone asked you about your elementary "school record?"

So as far as that goes my advice is do not sweat it.

Yes the principle was covering her own ass, and her explanation made about as much sense as a 3 dollar bill. What if someone came across the sharpened pencil she has, or the wire holding her notebook together. OR what if they had some Macguiver like kid and her was able to build a high explosive from some rusty nails and gum stuck under a desk?

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Male 80
UPDATE READ THIS!
I sent an e-mail and left my name and ph# at the bottom. Am 6:13am PST received a call from the district superintendent. He informed me that there was more to the story. For legal and privacy reasons he could not discuss them. However he assured me that what fox is reporting is not the truth, and that a hammer and screwdriver were not even involved, It was a parent who was angry and wanted EXACTLY the reaction from the public that she is getting.
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Male 650
Bureaucracy gone mad!
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Male 459
Reminds me of the time my son ( seven or eight at the time) was suspended from school for wearing a rebel hat with crossed swords on the top because it depicted a deadly weapon. The kicker: the school mascot image was a screaming rebel, wearing the exact same hat and brandishing a sword. The Principal heard from me on that one.
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Male 129
I understand the principal`s position. The danger is that some children might take away the girl`s hammer and hurt others.
Even though the girl didn`t intend to use the hammer in a dangerous way, the hammer still has the potential to hurt children.
I can`t judge whether or not a 3-day suspension was appropriate. I think a simple warning might have been enough.
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Male 2,372
Pamela Pyzyk
Principal Rossman School
600 Highland Ave.
Hartford, WI 53027
(262) 673-3300 x2103

Write or call this stupid, silly woman and tell her what you think

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Female 302
why does Christina Christenson look more like a Christian Christenson?
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Female 1,395
That
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ridiculous. That child now has a record because of that idiot head mistress? if i was her mother i would be fuming. The head mistress should be suspended because that was totally inapropriate and it brings the competancy of her judgement into serious question.
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Male 51
"An honor student in highschool got suspended once for bringing an aspirin to school."
Look out! He`s got an aspirin and he`s not afraid to use it! He`ll kill us all!

What the drat? I heard of aspirins being banned in the States before, but I never got why. Anybody?

Oh, and I`ve got enough sharp stuff in my pencil case to take over a small third world country, scalpel, home-made slingshot and all. I also brought a dull swiss knife to school once, mostly for the other tools, and the only teacher that cared said something about the law being dumb, and that he`d prefer to have a pair of scissors than my knife to defend himself. End of discussion, he let me continue to play with it while he continued the course.

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Female 11
I was so outraged by this that I sent an e-mail to the principal. Also, it really disturbs me that a woman supposedly in charge of the education of children used the word "acrost." What an idiot!
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Female 4
wow, what happened to being taken into the principle`s office and getting a stern talking to. i know i used to get them, and cry, and never thing about disobeying whatever it was again. take the "weapons" from here and have them for her mom to pick up. give her a written referral, make her write an essay even, but suspension? and police? come on.
in 4th grade i was actually into geodes too. i guess it`s a good thing i only brought them in after i had smashed them. . .
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Female 139
principals are doing really dumb things lately
outing people , and now suspending this girl for smashing rocks
wow
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Male 4,680
<MC Hammer joke here>
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Female 380
Brennus-I think I just may be sending that woman and the district an email...
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Female 1,496
Public school in the states is a joke.
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Male 5
For those of you who would like to direct your comment to the School Districts administrators:

District Administrator: Dr. Mark Smits [email protected]
School Principal: Ms. Pam Pyzyk [email protected]

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Female 657
This was retarded. The girl seemed to be a little slow the way she was saying "I like the shinies..." I used to love geology and what not as a kid, too. I used to buy books on rocks and have a rock collection (lame, I know) but I never once just wanted to bust open a rock. It seems like she was doing it more so just to bust something open than the rock itself.

and I know this has been said before but I`ve no problem repeating someone...
WHY IS THIS NEWS? I DON`T CARE. WHY IS THIS ON IAB? I SERIOUSLY DON`T CARE.

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Male 5
OK, so now it is illegal for children to be curious or to study geology in school. This is just another example of political correctness overriding common sense. What a wonder teaching opportunity this principal missed, using a students natural curiosity is a valuable teaching tool. Shame in the principal, the school and it`s administrators.
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Male 34
Stupid drating idiots...

That little girl was interested in Geology without even knowing it. She was looking for Geodes...
And they treat her like she was going to shoot up the school. How retarded is that? "OMFG YOUR LEARNING! GTFO!"

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Male 265
This i USofA-thinking in a nutshell...good one america...keeps the world laughing at ya`!
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Female 154
dsteenbock I didnt catch fourth grade in the video. I was paying attention to the blatant dumbness of the principal. But you got me thar. Bad Jadesy 8O Either way....Fourth grade deserves a call home and a warning, not a suspension and a mark on the permanent record don`t you think? I mean if the kid was in sixth grade or older I suppose I could maybe understand.
I didn`t even know what suspension was in fourth grade D: And we had eeeevil children.....evil...evil children.... -cough-
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Female 469
Lmao, I remember a friend of mine got suspended for a week for bringing one of those cheap dart tips to middle school.
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Female 2,258
When I was in the 6th grade I brought pencils into school and I was purposely stabbed by a girl with one during a break period; should I have been suspended for bringing an object in that another child came across and used as a weapon?
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Female 380
MS. NOW PLEASE READ-I have been in the New york school systems for 8 years as a loyal and dedicated employee. I have tons of refrences as well as BILLS, TWO CHILDREN OF MY OWN AND THE 200+ CHILDREN I DRIVE EVERYDAY TO AND FROM.Dont sit hear and "preach" about that crap to the younger kids. I hate to tell ya but they are not as stupid as most administratiors think.Shoot, I`ll bet most are smarter than us adults!I am very well known with my kids at work as a good, FAIR, and honist person.I only ask they be respectful of my bus and my simple wish to stay safe... a kid bringing in a hobbie to show their friends is not a safty issue.If you really wanna go there blame the mother for not checking her backpack.
Then again, if I told you half the crap some of those kids brind in there bags to school you would not let half of them in your doors! The best we can be is good people to our kids to teach them good choices...sending her home for this was a BAD CHOICE. Bad form on the scho
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Female 380
This really poo`s me off! I have a 15 year old student on my bus kick me, call me a c-u-next-tuesday, oh and not to mention he threw me into labor THREE MONTHS EARLY, IN TURN CAUSING ME AND MY SON TO ALMOST DIE! THEN AN ADDITONAL THREE WEEKS IN THE N.I.C.U. FOR MY POOR SON.....
guess what? he only got one day of inschool!!! ONE FLIPPIN DAY! yet this kid brings her hobbie to school and gets suspended? The poor kid had no clue what she was doing... as for the little jerk that did that to me.... yeah, he knew all to well.. all because I told him to stop putting his hand up a chicks skirt and sit in the front... GGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!I love my job but I hate the school systems. As for that busdriver, try pulling that crap at my garage... you`ll get laughed at and hammers thrown at you when you get back to the garage!!!!dillhole!
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Male 1,275
Fair enough. She brought two potentioly fatal wepons on her bus and showed them. What were they meant to do?
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Female 2,289
Ok well I almost got expelled for bringing my mom`s little hammer lighter to school and it didnt even have any fluid in it. I was just showing it to my friends. I was like in third grade. Like what the hell?
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Male 16
i got suspended for drawing spawn the comic book character, just standing there not fighting, not nothing they suspended me because they said it had satanic imagery.
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Male 213
I shouldnt be allowed to bring my hands to school because these fists of fury are deadly weapons.
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Female 12
thats an over reaction
i went through a rock smashing phase myself
i couldn`t imagine being suspended for it
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Male 176
What everyone has to remember is that the primary motivation for doing ANYTHING is how it affects you. If you are a principal this still applys. The principal thinks: I must apply school policy towards potentially threatening objects to everyone in all cases otherwise I WILL BE LIABLE. That`s me personally, ms. principal. Well gentle reader given that choice what is a middle aged, mortgage paying, college tuition paying for her children mother to do? Well, suprise suprise, play it safe. Given any presentation of anything that threatens her administrative status as a responsibile principal she will choose the route that ensures her status and survival as a principal. What is suprising about that??! EXPECT MORE OF THE SAME SEEMINGLY ILLOGICAL DECISION MAKING.
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Female 562
^jakeman,She obviously didn`t have a history of hitting people, or they would have mention that.
And an ADULT would have the sense to not bring a hammer to freakin COURT, but a nine year old might not see anything wrong with bringing one to school just because they had a hobby.
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Male 80
you guys obviously have not worked with 9year olds before. And that does not include your 9 year old cousin. Maybe the girl had a history of hitting people????? Did you think of that? A hammer in the court of law is a considered a weapon and can do some serious damage.
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Female 226
That`s crazy. She clearly had no malicious intent to use the tools on a person. They should have explained to her that those were inappropriate for school, and asked her not to bring them again.
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Male 577
well, theres nothing wrong with hammering rocks, and i know i used to, but she should be wearing eye protection
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Female 1,211
*sigh* Sometimes I hate ppl who do stupid poo like this. I mean the officials, not the girl who got suspended. No, I take that back. I really do hate ppl who make mountains out of molehills.
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Male 1,086
I don`t know why its such a big deal. Yeah bringing things like that to school isn`t really wise but why make a big deal out of it? She`s perfectly innocent. Strange hobby though...suspension for 3 days and a permanent record seems kind of crazy.
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Male 227
JAIL THAT TERRORIST!!!!!
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Female 1,566
What kid hasn`t bust open a couple rocks with a hammer before? She was just looking for glitter. & seriously, if she was showing her friend the rock, they were probably bent over it or holding it in the light and turning it, not raising her arm and getting ready to sling it at someone. People are so paranoid.
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Female 1,297
i understand that bringing that sort of to school might be dangerous and stuff, but a permanent record? For a nine year old kid? wtf
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Male 391
her mom........................really?
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Female 4,028
[quote]People are idiots. A 9 year old girl with rocks? Please...[/quote]A nine year old with rocks, a hammer, and a screwdriver...
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Male 133
People are idiots. A 9 year old girl with rocks? Please...
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Male 80
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Male 80
Heres the principals e-mail address. Geodes are cool I used to do the exact same thing as this girl. She probably got the idea in geology.

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Male 534
It could qualify as news, why shouldn`t it? It`s NEW information being brought to you. Sorry it`s not the latest suicide bombing in the middle east, I`m sure hearing that once a day still qualifies as news.
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Female 1,134
this is as stupid as suspending a 8 year old for sniffing a sharpie marker....

teachers and adults need to talk to echother so they can set the kids straight...no wonder why every kid is becoming abusive teenagers, no one is talking to them.

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Female 4,028
[quote]Since when is this news? This does not qualify as `news`...[/quote]
It`s FOX... what do you expect?
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Male 10,440
Ok.

1) Suspended? Wtf?
2) Permanent record? Wtf?
3) POLICE??? WTF!!
4) When I was in grade school I did that all the time, I never got caught though, if I did I said something clever.
5) Since when is this news? This does not qualify as `news`...

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Female 4,028
For everyone complaining that the school should have left her alone because she`s just "innocent," or has a hobby or whatever, would you complain if it turned out she was actually planning to attack someone?
If the school HADN`T done anything and something bad had happened, everyone would be whining that the school did nothing.
For f-ck`s sake.
Although, I don`t agree with the permanent record bit.
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Female 464
Ban the pencils! You can use them as a weapon too! D:
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Male 60
Jadesy says: M3xlc4n, The girl herself states why she did it, tard. Pay more attention. Haven`t you ever seen a busted rock and seen the sparkley awesomeness inside? That`s why she was busting rocks. She was looking for the sparkley ones. She was even doing it with a friend later and showing her in the video. Pay more attention :C
She was nine...so...second or third grade?

Pay more attention before calling someone else a tard. The video says she`s in 4th grade. Pay more attention! lol

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Male 46
its hammer time !!!! sorry...had to say that..
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Male 4,393
kinbushi
Male, 18-29, Europe
29 Posts Saturday, May 03, 2008 10:31:35 AM
Pencils and pens should be banned then.

yea and books too!!!!!!!!

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Female 375
i can see where the school is coming from, but come on. she wasnt hurting anyone. just a warning not to bring them again would have been enough, sheesh. =|
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Male 4
Wow, that was really groundbreaking news.
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Female 920
"Wait a minute... didn`t it seem a little bizarre that the little girl is apparently sitting on the floor of the family room busting rocks for no particular reason?
What`s more bizarre is that the news guy, or the little girls mother also never attempt to explain this?
NO ONE states that she is interested ANYTHING MORE than simply busting rocks open with a hammer on the living room floor. At some point, she did become interested in bringing a hammer and screwdriver to school (what`s the screwdriver for?).
Sounds like a "special" case to me."

As for you. Being someone with common sense and thinking how it must be hard to break open a rock with just a hammer.. I`m assuming she held the screwdriver onto the rock and hit the top of the screwdriver with the hammer...THUS! breaking open the rock..DUH.

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Female 920
"That kid is about as innocuous as kids get and for Christs sake she is interested in Freaking Geology. She should get EXTRA CREDIT for having a Brain. "

Exactly what I thought when I listened to this, "Oh, geology, cool kid."

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Female 4,225
^^ Agreed, and it`s total bull crap.

I oncen brought a small serrated bread knife to school...for my lucch....Canada rulkes. But then, it was i n the -eat lunch in thge classroom- grades.

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Male 313
PENCILS ARE THREATS TO CHILDREN. Pencils should be banned from schools because they can easily cause serious or fatal wounds!

That principal is a [email protected]

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Male 11,739
What a bunch of complete f_ucking MORONS!!! Good grief, if that principal and "threat assessment team" REALLY took time to review this and saw a threat, they all need to be fired on the spot. Yeah, that`s a real terrorist threat. She might do a MacGyver move and blow up the school. Give me a break, get a clue you idiots!
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Male 166
nickyjefferz - you`re assuming that the kid with ADHD is bringing in a hammer to school to do some harm. It would be possible to deal with such a kid and his mother based on the individual problem, and not just on some CYOA policy.
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Female 154
M3xlc4n, The girl herself states why she did it, tard. Pay more attention. Haven`t you ever seen a busted rock and seen the sparkley awesomeness inside? That`s why she was busting rocks. She was looking for the sparkley ones. She was even doing it with a friend later and showing her in the video. Pay more attention :C
And as for the school thing...I don`t think she should have been suspended and it shouldn`t have been put on her record because she wasn`t doing anything wrong. She was nine...so...second or third grade? She thought she was just showing something cool to her friends, and I think it could have been handled a lot better if she was pulled aside and talked to rather than suspended and such. Good thing her mom talked to her too, or else she probably would have had no idea what she did wrong because god knows the school wouldn`t have explained it to her.
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Male 166
This is what happens when no-tollerance laws become an ideology. They make no sense, take on a life of their own, but must be obeyed, because they`re... laws! Yeah, that`s a good reason! This poor girl was the victim of terminal Cover-Your-Own-Ass on the school`s part.

Here`s a common sense way of dealing with the problem:

The principal confiscates the hammer, screwdriver and rocks. She calls the mother and explains the problem, and that the mother will have to pick them up (so the girl does not take them home on the bus.)

The principal then has a stern talk with the girl about bringing in items to school that could be considered dangerous.

The principal then drafts up a list of items that are unacceptable, xeroxes off a bunch of copies, and sends them home for both students and their parents to sign, with the understanding that anyone who brings in any of these items FROM HERE ON IN will be punished.

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Male 14
Wait a minute... didn`t it seem a little bizarre that the little girl is apparently sitting on the floor of the family room busting rocks for no particular reason?
What`s more bizarre is that the news guy, or the little girls mother also never attempt to explain this?
NO ONE states that she is interested ANYTHING MORE than simply busting rocks open with a hammer on the living room floor. At some point, she did become interested in bringing a hammer and screwdriver to school (what`s the screwdriver for?).
Sounds like a "special" case to me.
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Female 54
that is a really wierd habit. when i was elementry school one of my friends brought a plastic knife to school and almost got suspended. bringing a hammar is a lil different tho. u can kill someone too easily with a hammar.
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Male 106
also they shouldn’t make exceptions for people...they cant presume that she is a nice person.. she probably is..but as said what about her friends and what if it was a boy? would it be ok then?

that’s actually a good point..what if it was a boy with adhd? would you like him round YOUR son or daughter with a screwdriver and hammer? a screw driver that can be stabbed into someone’s neck while playing or when he gets upset?

this isn’t a rant at adhd...but another opinion...one that’s mission from here.

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Male 962
wow were getting a lot of links about schools latley.
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Male 106
the school was in the right here... they were just making an example of the child. some hobbies should be left at home.
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Female 523
Okay, here in texas, it snows once a year, for about three hours. luckily, these three hours landed right during my lunch period, so me and my friends when outside to have a snowball fight. Now the fatass of a teacher who monitors the parking lot (in case somebody has a hammer, y`know) actually yelled out "HEY STOP THROWING SNOW AT EACHOTHER" and then me and my friends were all sad and we just bithced about how much of a fat dyke she is.

She also did the same thing when one of my friends brought a wall ball to school.

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Female 118
hobby*^
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Female 118
The problem is that if they let her completely off the hook then its gonna give other kids a chance to bring in tools and other things that "they use for a hooby"
Although i do not agree that what she did was enough to get her a three day suspension. The most they should have done was confiscated the tools and rocks and called her parents to let them know what she did.
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Male 1,455
Rocks rock!

Lame joke I know, but I`m utterly bored and that`s why I`m here, so you`ll have to feel the wrath of my lame jokes.

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Male 3,431
This is drating retarded. I would have to bitch slap the principal for being a goddamn moron. That kid is about as innocuous as kids get and for Christs sake she is interested in Freaking Geology. She should get EXTRA CREDIT for having a Brain. The Principal deserves a High Colonic administered with a Jackhammer.
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Male 120
just goes with my theory that the people who are put in charge have no commen sense and the people who put them in charge are happy its that way. People with no commen sense dont question stupid rules they just blindly follow them....sucks but is the way things are now
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Male 2,160
hmm...reminds me of when they got mad at me for using my multi tool(was on stage crew) to fixate a few lamps in place for the SC election.
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Female 44
Wow, talk about an overreaction. I totally agree with TapirUnge. The principal should have taken the tools away and had her mother come later and pick them up.

Wow, our country is really becoming screwed up.

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Male 83
Wisconsin rules!
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Male 4
Why am I suddenly reminded of a certain Beatles song? xD
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Male 47
Pencils and pens should be banned then.
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Male 244
Oh I should I guess comment when I was in highschool I brought in a taser made out of a disposable camera to school to show my science teacher, and a classmate was talking too loudly about it so I was sent to the principle`s office, and he called my mom.
her response?
"Hahahahaha"
They just threw it out and I went back to class.
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Female 993
^yeah, I remember some of the boy scouts getting into trouble because of that. I remember some of my high school teachers didn`t approve of me having a small screwdriver set in my insturment case. I think these kinds of things are silly...not giving at least a warning to the well-behaved students is unfair.
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Male 3,369
Hey look..She`s been outed for having a hobby!

America..Fk yeah!!!

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Female 1,398
An honor student in highschool got suspended once for bringing an aspirin to school. That`s right, an aspirin. One damn aspirin tablet that she didn`t even take. Apparently common sense doesn`t exist anymore...
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Male 5,970
omg my school suspended a guy for accidently bringing a pocket knife because it was in his boy scouts uniform and he forgot! haha wow
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Female 195
*sigh* what happened to common sense on all sides? No - the child should not have been suspended. Yes - I can see the danger in kids that age carrying hammers and screwdrivers around.

Whatever happened to a quiet word telling the kid why they shouldn`t bring stuff like that into schools unless they ask? Why is it always a full blown suspension?

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Female 71
I KINDA understand where this is coming from.. Some other kids could come across it and some kids are sick.. lol .. BUT!! That said.. c`mon!! 3 days suspension and a permanent record? Sheesh.. How bout.. err.. Talking to the kid? Withholding the screwdriver and hammer, and then asking mom to come and pick it up?

Overreaction I tell ya!

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Male 679
"What if someone brought something to school and someone else came across it?"

Oh yeah, when you put it that way, it makes total sense. Way to keep us safe! [/sarcasm]

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Male 534
What in the hell is going on with schools everywhere? What kid isn`t interested in geodes? I know I was. And until some other kid comes "acrossed" this hammer and actually does some physical harm, why should you take action? I want to give that principal a good hammering right now.
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Male 244
That doesn`t even make sense. This isn`t anything like the other post with rights being an issue, it`s just people being stupid.
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Male 495
OMG them POOR rocks. What about their rights??!! *rolls eye*
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Male 20,909
Link: Hammer, Don`t Hurt `Em [Rate Link] - What was this 9-year-old girl suspended for, just for bringing it to school?
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