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“We have zero tolerance for this type of thing,” declared Jamesburg, N.J., Superintendent of Schools Gail Verona. Officials at Grace M. Breckwedel Middle School called Patrick Halpin to come pick up his 11-year-old son because “he brought a weapon to the school” — a cigarette lighter the boy found on the way in. “Since when is a lighter a weapon?” Halpin asked, pointing out some teachers have lighters. “It depends on your whole interpretation of what a weapon is,” Verona said. A lighter is “not a weapon as a knife is a weapon. But a weapon is anything that has the potential to cause harm.” (RC/Asbury Park Press) ...It’s official, then: Superintendent Verona is a weapon.
Original Publication Date: 26 September 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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