Zero Tolerance…

equals Zero Intelligence.

Teacher rattles table in class, student calls 911

ATHERTON, Calif. – A California school teacher was placed on paid administrative leave after he rattled a table to get the attention of his math students, startling an eighth-grade girl who used her cell phone to call police.


Redwood City School District deputy superintendent John Baker says the teacher was placed on leave because there was a police response.

I really can’t say what my true reaction to this story is, if I want to keep this blog anything approaching family-friendly.

So, what has every student in this district now learned? The next time you want to get out of a test, call the cops on your teacher.

The police will almost always show up anytime they’re called (how long it takes is a whole ‘nother matter). If a student calls and says “My teacher scared me,” they’ll send someone just to check it out. No one in the department wants to be caught dismissing a call like that if something was actually wrong – it makes for really bad headlines when it happens, the elected police leaders get mad, and the fecal matter rolls downhill from there.

This is yet another example of Zero Intelligence Tolerance at work: “It doesn’t matter what really happened, the police showed up so I have to suspend you.”

W. T. F.

Try growing a brain, and a pair of balls, Mr. Baker. It looks like you could use them.

[Source: AP article on Yahoo! News, retrieved 3/2/11]

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