Milaca student suspended for leaving hunting bow in truck

A Milaca High School senior is on suspension after leaving his hunting bow in his SUV that was parked at school. Full Story
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Since: Feb 08

Big Lake, MN

#1 Oct 2, 2008
Liberalism run amuck. Just like the other kids with the kitchen knife left over from moving, I ask you, what is the INTENT of these kids?
Outsidelookingin

Grantsburg, WI

#2 Oct 2, 2008
The kid is a hero. He was prepared to save the students from a crazed deer that may have crashed onto school property. Actually, more politically correct B.S. in a rural school district where students go hunting - a legal sport. More proof the country is going to h#$% in a handbasket.
Makin Cents

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Oct 2, 2008
Another example of the mindless administrators that are hired to "educate" our kids. No tolerance rules are made so that there does not have to be any thought put into how to handle situations like this. Why should communities pay for college educated people who are told not to think when these situations arise. More should be expected from those who run the government schools. If they are concerned about our children, they would take enough interest in their well-being and not create an destructive event such as suspension or expulsion when their is no reason for it. Mr. Principal do what you tell your students to do- THINK!
MOM of 3

United States

#4 Oct 2, 2008
This zero tolerence stuff is ridiculous. There has to be some common sense applied if it's going to work.
firestorm_lange

Madison, WI

#5 Oct 2, 2008
MOM of 3 wrote:
This zero tolerence stuff is ridiculous. There has to be some common sense applied if it's going to work.
That's just it, it doesn't work. Just like punishing the whole class for one students pranks, to make them punish the offender by making an example of them. Ridiculous.
speedy

United States

#6 Oct 2, 2008
I cannot agree more with all the posts so far.
Hunting is part of who we are in Minnesota.
I remember in more sensible days, not THAT long ago, I wanted to sell my hunting rifle. I was in 11th grade. My history teacher wanted to see it since he was also a hunter.
The next day we sat in the school parking lot as I took it out of the case in my trunk and he looked it over.*gasp* right there in the school lot!!!
I am dang sick and tired of seeing normal kids punished and not allowed to live a normal life due to "zero tolerance". I think school officails had better grow a brain.
Julie in St Paul

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Oct 2, 2008
Then these fools wonder why students transfer out of their school districts under Open Enrollment or enroll in charter schools. The recent stories have centered on marginal administrators who crucify good outstanding students. I have to wonder what they do to the trouble makers. Probably nothing because they are scared of them.
hdog

Kearney, NE

#8 Oct 2, 2008
Just another case of how your wackos and misanthropes that can't get dates have ruined things for everyone.
Common sense

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Oct 2, 2008
This is beyond ridiculous! Schools need to look at the big picture. What is the intent, the history of the student, the context of the situation. Research shows that zero tolerance actually makes people feel less safe! From experience in the schools I can tell you that it is not evenly applied. Situations like this are what cause people to transfer to other schools and cause the schools to loose credibility in the community.
hdog

Kearney, NE

#10 Oct 2, 2008
MOM of 3 wrote:
This zero tolerence stuff is ridiculous. There has to be some common sense applied if it's going to work.
In public schools it's a herd mentality. All are held to the level of the weakest link in an effort to maintain control.
Tired of it all

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Oct 3, 2008
The kid is an idiot. He knew he had it in there. Big deal. He had it covered up. He should have kept his pie hole closed, did his school day, drove home and the world would have kept turning.

But no.....he told on himself? What an idiot. To bad they did not expel him for the year just for his stupidity.
Tired of it all

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Oct 3, 2008
Any and all students that drive to school should be suspended for having bomb making materials in their possession. They may have extra clothing in the car....an empty beer or soda bottle.....gas in the tank...

That is the necessary items to make molotov cocktails.

Yes, my thinking is ridiculous....just like their no tolerance policies. A box cutter, or bow is a dangerous weapon. But the baseball bat....you can have a dozen in the car. No big deal.

Also would it not be interesting to see if he only had the bow, and no arrows. How dangerous is that? Maybe he could beat someone with the bow, or strangle them with the string?
Diane

Rochester, MN

#13 Oct 3, 2008
Give me a break! We try to keep our kids off drugs, alcohol and sex but when a kid makes an honest mistake he gets nailed to the wall. He's a good kid. Football, wrestling, homecoming king! Sounds like the Columbine kids all over again. It's Milaca for crying out loud. The deer are like goats there. Are they going to dust the kids for gun shot residue after the first weekend in Novemeber? If it were North Minneapolis there might be cause for concern. This zero tolerence is becoming quite rediculous. Let's make the kids criminals for honest mistakes. Come on grown ups, let's teach our kids some compassion and COMMON SENSE!
Tired

Wichita, KS

#14 Oct 3, 2008
Not to mention tire irons. There have probably been more attacts with tire irons then ball bats. We better just not allow these dangerous little criminals to drive to school in the future.

Wake up america! A little common sense could, and should be used to determine the difference between someone trying to smuggle a weapon into school or just an honist mistake. Watch out girls, your 'rat tail combs' will be the next thing, along with nail clippers, bottles of spray parfume (mace). Oh yeah, shoe strings and strings out of the hoodies that can be used for garrots... See the stupidity can go on and on. Again, WAKE UP!!!

Since: Mar 08

Zimmerman, MN

#15 Oct 3, 2008
Tired wrote:
Not to mention tire irons. There have probably been more attacts with tire irons then ball bats. We better just not allow these dangerous little criminals to drive to school in the future.
Wake up america! A little common sense could, and should be used to determine the difference between someone trying to smuggle a weapon into school or just an honist mistake. Watch out girls, your 'rat tail combs' will be the next thing, along with nail clippers, bottles of spray parfume (mace). Oh yeah, shoe strings and strings out of the hoodies that can be used for garrots... See the stupidity can go on and on. Again, WAKE UP!!!
Since we are pointing out the insanity of the Indoctrination efforts at the Government Schools...... How many children are KILLED by "Evil Cars" driven to and from the school parking lots every year vs the inappropriate use (gag) of "Zero Tolerance" type Inantimate Objects?
pinecone70

Annandale, MN

#16 Oct 3, 2008
This is incredibly stupid, the kid's honesty should have given everyone a clue. Schools barely tolerate kids at all now, no matter what the kids are like, as if it's too much work to educate them so they strangle them with ridiculous rules.

In the '70s, I carried a jack knife to school daily. I didn't threaten other students with it. Now there would be a pile of cops on my back, cuffing me. Oh, and I'd never get to go back to school again, likely.
anonomouse

United States

#17 Oct 3, 2008
Big Laker wrote:
Liberalism run amuck. Just like the other kids with the kitchen knife left over from moving, I ask you, what is the INTENT of these kids?
Big brother wants to control your life.
Really

Novato, CA

#18 Oct 3, 2008
And if he HAD been planning on using it for some bad purpose, or someone had stolen it from his car and used it for a bad pupose, everyone on here would be OK with him getting suspended. Bottom line, he broke a rule, remember those things that apply to everyone else? That's the problem now, parents freak out if their kid gets in trouble for breaking rules that they knew about, and then when the kid gets old enough they think it's ok to "make a mistake" because the rules don't apply to them.

Why should the school have to defend itself against suspending someone that broke a rule? If the kid was not so popular, or didn't play footbal, and left a gun (weapon, just like a bow) in his car, everyone would be outraged that a full investigation wasn't done.

If hunting is such a big thing in Milaca, then he should have known about the "no weapons" rule, besides the fact that every year I'm sure he gets a student handbook with rules in it. Maybe if he's not responsible enough to follow the rules, he's not responsible enough to carry around a weapon.
Rarely

United States

#19 Oct 3, 2008
This is just so insane! I think the football player/captain of wrestling team/homecoming king hopeful is not someone I would suspect of 'snapping' and going to his truck during third period to take out his oppressors. Obviously you also have to look at the kid. 99% of people realize this is ridiculous.
Really

Novato, CA

#20 Oct 3, 2008
Common sense wrote:
This is beyond ridiculous! Schools need to look at the big picture. What is the intent, the history of the student, the context of the situation. Research shows that zero tolerance actually makes people feel less safe! From experience in the schools I can tell you that it is not evenly applied. Situations like this are what cause people to transfer to other schools and cause the schools to loose credibility in the community.
Common sense or lack of it has gotten more administrators in trouble than anything. Can you imagine this? Tomorrow some kid that's a little off shoots an arrow at someone, the next day some kid in Milaca gets caught with a bow in his car. The school doesn't suspend him. OH THE OUTRAGE OF THE PEOPLE ON THIS BOARD! They'd be so mad! Why didn't the school suspend him? Why did he get away with breaking rules, because he's into sports? We want an investigation!

Obviously he knew he was doing something he wasn't supposed to. Kids telling everyone about their weapons has stopped a few school shootings if I remember correctly. I can totally imagine a kid this age, as a joke, shooting an arrow at someone as a joke, oh the problems if it was on school property. And don't say he's too responsible to do something like that, the kid couldn't even be responsible enough to take the thing out of his car.

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