Is America So Broken A Pocket Knife Find Is Newsworthy? - And Response (5)

Friday, August 9, 2013

I am extremely disappointed to read an article here on this site about an 18 year old carrying a pocket knife on school property.  I'm not that old but everyone I knew in high school carried a pocket knife on campus, its what boys and men do.   

It's beyond sad that this is a "newsworthy" story, a kid had a pocket knife and a sheathed knife in his car, so some news room rookie is chomping at the bits to post his mug shot and write an article as if he's a hardened criminal?   

I don't know this young man who seems to be on the wrong side of the media but think the situation is something to think hard about.  The fact that a pocket knife and a sheathed knife (something that any boy over 13 should own) found in the vehicle of a young man on school property is "news" makes me sick and is an embarrassment to local society.   

We as a society have abandoned the family unit and seem to compliantly rely on rules created by the government to "protect" us from common sense.   

Chris Sanders
Hixson 

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I'm not sure how newsworthy it was either. Thing is, I'm sure strict school regulations were broken (length of fixed blade over four inches?) resulting in an automatic police call. The media outlets monitor the police frequencies and a school incident is always big news, no matter how non-newsworthy it may be. This is today's easily offended nanny state in action. 

Obviously, I'll be giving away my age when I say I carried a pocket knife from fourth grade through four years of college, never giving it a second thought. I sharpened my pencils, cut string, peeled apples, whatever....it was a tool, not a weapon. In all of those years I never witnessed a confrontation using anything other than fists. Alas, those days are history.  

Now, I can't even carry my pocket knife into the courthouse (unless I'm a lawyer that walks around the metal detectors) and can't apply for car tags without removing my belt and everything I own (again, unless I'm a lawyer). It's an indication of the polarized and uncaring society in which we live. The few have certainly made it inconvenient for the many. 

Herb Montgomery
Chattanooga

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Mr. Sanders,
I totally agree with your opinion. Unfortunately, I think this falls under the “politically correct” heading of “zero tolerance.” 

Dick Eden 

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These are those school zero tolerance policies so many at first applauded now working their magic. The ones many of us tried to warn about for the last 20 plus years.  

They've had a permanent and negative impact, not only on America's children and their future, but entire families and communities as well, along with other bad policies and decisions that's now coming back to haunt U.S.  

Brenda Manghane-Washington

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Breathe, Chris, you're not alone. I'd say if a kid asked permission to "sharpen" his pencil, that could be construed as a terroristic threat.

Michael Burns

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Shazzam, Brenda. Which side of the political spectrum do you think that most of the "politically correct", insane laws come from?  

You can't have it both ways, they say, but Democrats try.

Bob Bogart



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