On its face, this looks like itâ€™s an asinine decision which is probably the product of a culture that makes lawsuits possible in every breath we take. How else to explain what the school principal has done here? Itâ€™s either the schoolâ€™s fear of a lawsuit, or a total lack of common sense among the schoolâ€™s leadership, or thereâ€™s something we donâ€™t know about all this that hasnâ€™t shown up in the media reports. Iâ€™m not discounting that third possibility, but based on what we know from media reports, this is indefensible:
I carried what would now probably be considered an “assault knife” through most of grade school and what is now called middle school. Generally it was a case folder with a 3-4″ blade, a Boy Scout knife, and similar blades, but for a year or so it was an Italian switchblade with a five inch blade.
Almost all the boys I knew did likewise.
Care to guess how many slashing/stabbing incidents I saw or heard about over the entire period in a town of 65k with three high schools?
We are not a nanny state. We are a wussy state.