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The Zero Tolerance Mentality, Part 4,260 in a Long Series

Adam Hernandez, 15, a freshman at Shorewood (Wisc.) High School, was arrested, handcuffed, and booked on a charge of theft after a friend let him have his lunch. The friend was part of a free lunch program, and Hernandez wasn’t, so eating the $2.60 chicken nugget meal was “stealing,” school officials said, and they called police. But Police Chief David Banaszynski finally decided to drop the charges just before the boy went to trial; the school principal agreed with the decision. “It shouldn’t have gone this far,” Banaszynski said. “There are other means and methods to handle this kind of situation.” When asked whether his officers should have made the arrest in the first place, Banaszynski said the arrest was perhaps “a bit over the top,” but “there’s more than one side of the story.” (RC/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) ...Right: theres the ridiculous side, and then there’s the outrageous side.
Original Publication Date: 15 August 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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