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Students too often schooled in cynicism

  • “Zero-tolerance” refers to the fact that no matter the extenuating circumstances or how innocent a mistake it was, any infraction of a rule will bring about disciplinary action. Keeping drugs and guns out of schools is common sense, but current incarnations of the policy seem to be anything but. Ibuprofen, butter knives, theater props and merely gesturing “finger pistols” during recess has incurred the wrath of paranoid administrators and led to suspensions and expulsions despite the fact that none of these objects pose any more danger than a lacrosse stick or a fist.

    A 10-year-old girl expelled for packing a small knife with her lunch in order to cut an apple. A 12-year-old boy forced to pay fines, do community service and serve four months of probation after a small scuffle. Otherwise well-behaved teenage girls expelled and sent to juvenile boot camps for bringing mixed drinks to lunch.

    These kids may have broken the rules, but they’re hardly juvenile delinquents and they definitely do not belong in the criminal justice system. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder have issued a report that advises school administrators to pursue these strict modes of punishment only as a last resort.

    Those policies have far-reaching negative consequences: Removing students from school for nonviolent behavior and introducing them to the criminal justice system hurts their chances of graduating high school, let alone getting into college, entering the military or landing a job. The experience can embitter them and lead them to live a life of actual crime.

    Zero-tolerance doesn’t discipline students – it ruins them. And that’s not what our schools should be aiming to do.

    Zero-tolerance is based on the same ideology that is at the foundation of the U.S. prison-industrial complex. The United States incarcerates more people than any other nation on earth, and the rate of incarceration has more than quadrupled since 1980, mostly due to harsher drug sentencing laws. According to the Washington Post’s Wonkblog , the most serious charge against 51 percent of federal prison inmates is a drug offense, whereas only one percent of federal inmates are in prison for murder. More than two-thirds of prisoners reoffend, so the expensive business of incarcerating millions of people isn’t even an effective way to rehabilitate criminals or deter crime, which is the whole point.

  • Source: The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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    Missouri Knife Laws | KnifeUp

  • § 571.030 R.S.Mo. is pretty straightforward, making it illegal to knowingly conceal carry any knife. However, in order to find out what a “knife” is, and what “conceal” means, one must look to other sections of the code, as well as case law.

    Definition of Various Knives

    Missouri statute defines a “knife” as any dagger, dirk, stiletto, or bladed hand instrument that is readily capable of inflicting serious physical injury or death by cutting or stabbing a person, unless it is an ordinary pocket knife, with a blade no more than four inches long. According to the Court in the State of Missouri v. Weir, a knife must also contain a folding blade that is not double-edged, in order to be considered a pocketknife.

    A switchblade is defined by statute as any knife with a blade that folds or closes into the handle and that opens automatically or by the force of gravity.

    A dagger was defined by the Missouri Supreme Court, in State v. Martin, as “a short weapon with a sharp point, used for stabbing”.

    Limits on Carry You may conceal carry any pocketknife with a folding blade less than four inches You may not conceal carry any other knife in Missouri, on your person or in your vehicle You may open carry any knife that is legal own

    In the case of State v. Dowdy, the Court found that a paring knife, concealed on Dowdy’s person, was a knife under Missouri law, and could not be conceal carried.

    Definition of Concealed

    A knife is considered concealed in Missouri if it is not readily and practically visible to approaching persons under ordinary circumstances. In the case of State v. Rowe, Thomas Rowe was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, when a search of his pickup truck revealed a knife with a six-inch blade hidden in the pocket of the driver’s side door. The Missouri Court of appeals found that even though the handle of the knife was visible, the weapon was considered concealed because the handle was not easily recognizable as part of a weapon. The Rowe Court also concluded that in order to convict a person for conceal carrying a knife, the knife must be in easy reach of that person.

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    Source: Missouri Knife Laws | KnifeUp

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    What is Maryland state law for boot knife. Is it legal to carry.

    Fixed bladed knives must be carried openly. The law considers "dirks" and "bowie knives" to be illegal to carry concealed, though they can be carried openly such that they are plainly visible to people around you. Folding knives