Originally Posted by jasmith85
I know exactly how zero tolerance policies work. No matter what the circumstances if you break the rule you get the punishment.
Which is exactly why it means "I don't have to think any more." In the case of a zero tolerance policy against fighting, for instance, both the initial aggressor and the kid who is only defend himself wind up getting suspended. That's an absurd result, but quite predictable under a zero tolerance policy.
As so many zero-tolerance policies are in the area of fighting, violence, weapons and drugs, I sincerely doubt that they came about as a result of overly litigious parents. I'm unaware of any lawsuits filed because "my kid shoulda been allowed to bring dope to school like all the others."