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The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

A teacher at an elementary school in North Brookfield, Mass., jumped to the logical conclusion of zero tolerance and notified students and their parents in writing that pens and pencils were now banned. Students were not to carry writing implements on their person or in backpacks. When needed, pencils would be issued — but must be turned in at the end of the day. Sixth-grade teacher Wendy Scott said any student caught with a pen or pencil would be assumed to have stolen it from the school “to build weapons.” Principal Deborah Peterson countermanded the directive “as soon as I became aware of it,” she said. (RC/Worcester Telegram) ...Ms. Scott notified parents in writing — and then immediately suspended herself.
Original Publication Date: 05 December 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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