FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
A 10-year-old Florida girl was arrested for using a knife to cut her food. She didn't threaten anyone. She didn't attack anyone. She used the knife to cut a piece of steak she brought from home for her lunch.
Yet school officials at Sunrise Elementary school in Ocala, Florida called police, had her arrested and she was taken away to juvenile detention.
The girl now reportedly faces a felony charge for possessing a weapon on school property along with a 10-day suspension.
Apparently it was teachers who called the sheriff after the 5th grader used the knife in the cafeteria to cut the meat. When cops showed up, they couldn't reach her parents on the phone so they arrested the girl and took her to the county's juvenile assessment center.
School officials acknowledge that she didn't do anything wrong with the knife, just used it to cut her meat. But they say it doesn't matter what the knife was used for, that the district has "zero tolerance for weapons on school grounds." I wonder if that applies to forks, too. These are morons.
Of course no one will admit they may have overreacted. The sheriff's office points the finger at the school, saying that once they're notified they have to take some kind of action. I guess taking the knife away from the girl never occurred to them.
The girl's uncle says she's been very upset. He says they understand that measures need to be taken to make sure people don't come to school with weapons, but his niece is "a really good kid."
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Here’s my question to you: Is it going too far when a 10-year-old girl is arrested for bringing a steak knife to school to eat her lunch?
Larry from Redondo Beach, California writes:
I think the problem here is not zero tolerance, but zero common sense among other things. And the wrong person got hauled away by the sheriff. Should have been the teacher who called them.
Ernie from Ocala, Florida writes:
Jack, As a resident of Ocala, Florida, I can qualify your assertion that these people are morons, this town is full of them. That’s why I bought a boat, so I can escape this hick town once in a while.
Jack, get real. We have at least 320 million people living in this country. We can't make a different rule for every person. The rule is: no weapons on school grounds or in school. That's the rule. I am surprised that a complainer like you encourages people to break rules.
Brian from Jersey City, New Jersey writes:
Jack, School officials have obviously confused a weapon with a utensil. Perhaps they should look up the difference in a dictionary or encyclopedia, I mean, you know, that being a school and all.
What were the parents of the 10 year-old thinking? Why didn't they cut the steak at home and send it in the proper container with the girl to eat at lunchtime? Were the police wrong? Yes, a little too drastic, but the stupidity of the parents surpasses any measures taken by the school or police!
Mr. Cafferty, You made this story up, right? No one running a school in America is truly this stupid... are they?
Zero tolerance for weapons? Something isn't a weapon until a person uses it in a harmful way. Desks, books, even pencils and pens can all be used as weapons. So should students go to a school in an empty padded room?
Brittany from Alabama writes:
We can install video cameras, metal detectors and hire as many police as we want to keep our schools safe but if someone is insane enough to wreak havoc they will find a way. A ten year-old using a knife to eat lunch is not a threat. Where do these idiots get the idea that arresting a kid is better than simply taking it away from her? We are constantly pumping false fear into society.
Bruce from Vienna, Virginia writes:
Regarding the 10-year-old arrested for cutting meat with a knife in school: if this isn't a case of "Go vegetarian and nobody gets hurt," I don't know what is.
Forget the knife, I have a problem with a 10-year-old having steak for lunch at school! I don't have steak for lunch at home.
Maybe Jack will read yours tomorrow.