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I really need help answering this scenario from an experienced teacher's point of view, as I have not started my student teaching yet and am finding this difficult to respond to.

Scenario 1: True story - a 6 year old second grader - Zachary. The New York Times, October 12, 2009 "Zachary's offense? Taking a camping utensil that can serve as a knife, fork and spoon to school. He was so excited about recently joining the Cub Scouts that he wanted to use it at lunch. School officials concluded that he had violated their zero-tolerance policy on weapons, and Zachary was suspended and now faces 45 days in the district's reform school." The school board is meeting tonight, Tuesday, October 13 to determine Zachary's future. What do you think?

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I am a middle school counselor and had almost the same exact scenario happen last year with a 6th grade student. The student brought a camping utensil to school and kids said it was a knife. It wasn't but the boy just wanted to show the other students what he got for his birthday. We too have a zero tolerance policy however it was obvious that the student did not bring it ...

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A look at a scenario in which a student (who has never been in trouble before) brings a camping utensil to school to show his friends and gets suspended because it is a weapon. The things that need to be considered in dealing with the student.