Zero-Tolerance Madness

Girl Arrested for Packing a Lunch Knife

Education: Honor student, 11, brought the utensil to school to cut the chicken she had packed to eat. When she asked if she could use it, a teacher said no—then called police. Child also was suspended for 10 days.

October 27, 1996|From Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — An 11-year-old honor student who packed a knife in her lunch box to cut a piece of chicken was suspended and arrested on charges of bringing a weapon to school.

"Mom was busy, and dad had gone to work," Charlotte Kirk said, explaining how she packed the smooth-edge knife with her leftover peas, chicken and apple on Oct. 18.


6-Year-Old Florida Girl Charged With Felony For Kicking Teacher's Aide

| May 31, 2006A 6-year-old special education student who kicked a Naples teacher's aide and spent several hours in juvenile jail is facing felony battery charges.  Her mother, however, wants to know why the case has gone so far.  Takovia Allen suffers from behavioral problems and attends a special class at Lely Elementary in Naples.  According to an arrest report, on May 2, a teacher was trying to line up students to go to music class. Takovia refused to go and kicked the teacher's aide in the ankle. 

After a discussion among school officials and two law enforcement officials called to the school, the girl was arrested.  Takovia was taken to juvenile jail and held there for several hours before being released to her mother.  She is being charged with battery on a public education employee.  It's possible she will enter a program that includes counseling. If she completes the program successfully the charges could be dropped.

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