I agree with every part of this op-ed:
My middle school reacted swiftly. It only took one threat of suspension to get us to stop doing moves from “The Matrix” in the hallways.
They banned water guns, pocketknives, scissors and, inexplicably, magic markers. News reports started coming in about kids being expelled and arrested for things like playing with a paper gun, tossing a rubber band or having a butter knife in their car.
Some schools even punished students for wearing rosaries and Stars of David because they were “gang signs.”
Things didn’t get any better when I went to high school. Because Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold wore trench coats during part of their rampage, our principal banned all coats and jackets. When it got cold, she’d go class to class every morning and collect all the coats we had brought and pile them up in her office.
I’ve heard Columbine referred to as “9/11 for kids,” but I think the adults were more traumatized than we were. Their obsession with their vow to “never let it happen again” made them paranoid. They’ve spent the last decade coming up with ridiculous, ineffective rules and regulations. A temporary safety is allowed to trump any concern for liberty.
Maybe it was 9/11 for kids, after all.