The New York Times carried this story, of a 6 year old suspended after bringing camping silverware to school. I was on a school board for 8 years, and I am well aware of the difficulties that arise in local districts. Budgets are tight, and legal challenges can wick funds away from education. The easiest path is a "zero tolerance" schemata. Sometimes that is a ridiculous cop out.
Educational Leadership seems like an oxymoron sometimes
If schools wish to enjoy respect, they will have to learn to be more fearless in their leadership. Maybe what I mean is that they will have to use their heads. That would be a good example for their clientele. Especially Zachary.