When I was a kid, probably every boy in my grade school carried a pocket knife. Since many of us kids lived on farms and used knives daily, even many of the girls carried small knives in their purses. They were good for a LOT of things, but especially cutting the twine on hay bales, if it was your job to feed the cattle when you first got home. Many a time, a woman teacher who needed to cut something too tough for scissors would ask to borrow a knife from one of the boys. No-one thought a thing about it. That held true all the way through high school. Heck, we even took our guns in our cars in high school, so we could hunt some on the way home at times. But times have changed—DRASTICALLY!
A few days ago, a couple local lads (ages 11 and 17) spent the night with their grandmother. The few items they took with them went into the younger one’s backpack, including the older boy’s pocket knife. Unfortunately, he forgot to remove it the next school day, and it was there in the backpack when the younger boy went to school. Upon finding it there, the trusting kid turned it over to his teacher, knowing that they weren’t allowed to have knives in school. His teacher took the matter to the principle, who expelled the boy for a week. Then, some-one discovered the blade was 1/8 of an inch over legal and the school board expelled him for the whole year.
In my view, if the teacher had any human decency, he/she would have told the boy to put the knife back in the pack and not mention it to a soul. If the principle was any sort of human being, he/she would have done the same. The school board, of course are elected and have to cover their backsides so they can get re-elected, so they were the most heartless, uncompassionate, spineless people of all. Every school official from the teacher on has absolutely no concept of true morals, or they would have behaved differently.
The kid didn’t know it was even there until near the end of the day. He has a good reputation (or DID). It was the older brother who made the initial mistake, but no allowance was made for that fact. The actions of the so-called “educators” WERE a learning experience for ALL students, though. The students should now know to NEVER tell their teachers ANYTHING. They now know that honesty is NOT the best policy, and that they should lie through their teeth to avoid trouble, after all the penalty will be no worse!