I have been a silent witness
to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hour comes
when I am torn into strips and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I fly at half-mast to honor my soldiers,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms
of a grieving mother
at the graveside of her fallen son.
Did he bring a knife on school property? Yes he did. You are calling the zero tolerance part of this story moronic. I'm calling the kid a moron for allowing a search of a car that was not his. If you loan your car out or borrow somebody else's car, don't be surprised at what you may find in it.
Why is everybody working on the assumption that this kid is telling the truth? We had a local 16 year old arrested this week for a loaded .38 stuffed in his sock. I sincerely doubt he borrowed the sock and didn't know it was in there, but you can bet he had some kind of excuse for carrying a loaded gun to school.
Dang Doc----let's spin this one around a bit and see if your opinion changes?
You have a car? Kids?
Let's say you let junior borrow the car to go to a movie with his girlfriend. Unknown
to you he gives a ride to a sort of buddy and his pill-head girlfriend. She drops a tab
of Oxy in the backseat, it slides between the cushions and is lost.
3 months later for whatever reason the police ask if they can search the car. You say
"sure, no problem, nothing to hide". They pop the rear seat cushion---you hire a lawyer.
Sound fair to you? Since the kid's car was on school property, he probably really didn't
have a choice on the consent---guessing a NO would have had consequences too.
BillM, I understand what you're saying, and it could have happened either way. I'm just not going to jump on 'the poor kid is innocent and the gummint is out to get him' bandwagon. Did the kid have to consent to a search? He's not the lawful owner of the car. You tell me.
This has nothing to do with positive use of firearms...
"Gun control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound." L. Neil Smith
The problem with being stupid is you cannot simply decide to stop doing dumb things...