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Zero Tolerance

A Providence, R.I., kindergarten student has been suspended for 10 days for bringing a knife to school — a table knife, which he brought to cut his morning cookie with. “It was on his person, not in his lunch bucket,” the Pawtucket school superintendent retorted, defending the school district’s “no weapons” policy. The six-year-old has no record of bad behavior and has a good academic record. (RC/AP) ...Hell, if the punishment is the same, he may as well bring his Uzi next time.
Author’s Note: This is the first “zero tolerance” story in True that was identified as such. An earlier story (Minty Fresh) could be considered ZT, even though those words weren’t used. More on the concept at
Original Publication Date: 11 June 1995
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 1.

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