Policy FAIL

So a 7th grade girl does the right thing: she says no to drugs.

She gets suspended anyway.

The girl did not bring the prescription drug to her Jeffersonville, IN school, nor did she take it, but she admits that she touched it and in Greater Clark County Schools that is drug possession.


“She was talking to another girl and me about [these pills she had] and she put one in my hand and I was like, ‘I don’t want this,’ so I put it back in the bag and I went to gym class,” said Rachael.


But just saying no didn’t end the trouble for Rachael. During the next period, an assistant principal came and took Rachael out of class. It turned out the girl who originally had the pills and a few other students got caught. That’s when the assistant principal gave Rachael a decision.

“We’re suspending you for five days because it was in your hand,” said Rachael.

You’ve got to be kidding me. She touched it. She didn’t ask to touch it. The other girl put the pill in her hand, she said “no” and put the pill back. Good for Rachael!

And for that, she get suspended.

So, exactly what message are these school officials trying to send?

According to Greater Clark County Schools district policy, even a touch equals drug possession and a one week suspension.

“The fact of the matter is, there were drugs on school campus and it was handled, so there was a violation of our policy,” said Martin Bell, COO of Greater Clark County Schools.

Ah. The message is we’re a bunch of unthinking drones and will hide behind “policy”. No one of course takes responsibility for making this policy, and no one stands up against poor policies. Furthermore, no one has the ability to apply a little “critical thinking” (I thought they still taught that in public government schools, I could be wrong) and realize this is poor policy and poorer enforcement of the policy? Wither education. Wither respect for and trust in (by children) adults, administrators, policy makers.

District officials say if they’re not strict about drug policies no one will take them seriously.

Yeah, and if you act like a bunch of unthinking jackasses, no one will take you seriously either.

4 thoughts on “Policy FAIL

  1. Hsoi,

    When I read these types of stories, it makes me want to get out my tin foil hat.

    I wonder why the schools are punishing people who did the right thing — and that is when it hits me — they are doing it on purpose.

    I see a concerted effort to remove “right” and “wrong” from the mindset of the population and replace it with unthinking obedience and conformity.

    I’ve seen this in fights — one kid defends and clearly only defends himself from a bully and receives the same punishment as the aggressor?

    Why? Because they then can make all violence equal — removing right and wrong from the equation.


    Possibly, but does a better explanation fit?

    • I’m not sure it’s to that level… that would require someone actually thinking — scheming — to do such a thing. It’s evident the policy-makers and adminstrators don’t have enough brains to pull that off. 😉

      But I do think you’ve got one solid point: it’s removing thinking, it’s forcing obedience and conformity. Just follow the policy, don’t think about the policy, if it’s good or bad, if it may need improvement, etc.. The trouble with this is, what happens later in life? If people are never taught to think for themselves, how will they manage? how will society manage? It has really scary long-term implications.

      • Hsoi,

        As to it not being at that level; I’ll present the United Kingdom as Exhibit B.

        Not only have they demonized firearms, they are actively prosecuting those who defend themselves.

        Guess who many far left/nanny-staters hold up as a shining example.

        The not thinking part is absolutely correct. I think one of biggest shames going right now is the tendency to “teach to the test” – Be it TAKS or any other state/federal mandated test.

        They aren’t teaching kids how to solve problems, they are teaching them to solve the problems on the test.

        I spent 2 weeks teaching my son (a High School junior) how to successfully and easily write a research paper. A skill I remember using in the 8th grade.

        They didn’t teach how to use note cards, they didn’t teach how to use an outline, and many other skills. Even the citations were non-thinking–just go to a web page- fill in the information and it would produce the correct format, then cut and paste into the paper.

        Sorry for the rant but I’ve been dealing with public schools (as a parent) for 8 years now and I’m seeing it get worse. And believe me, the only way it can get worse is by deliberate action.

        • oo… don’t get me started about “teach to the test”. Public school is no longer about education, it’s about babysitting and getting funding to keep the babysitting going.

          And people wonder why we homeschool.

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