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The Nanny State Strikes Again


Here we go again. the “Nanny State” strikeas again. those of us with kids, anyone else who doesn’t can not under any circumstances say anything after this because it’s just a “parent-thing. Apparently having a broken pencil sharpener will get you BUSTED! Not to mention can you imagine having to write the name of the school everyday all day?

Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary School… I’ve got Carpal-Tunnel just typing it!

Island fourth grader suspended for using broken pencil sharpener

A 10-year-old Hilton Head Island boy has been suspended from school for having something most students carry in their supply boxes: a pencil sharpener.

The problem was his sharpener had broken, but he decided to use it anyway.

A teacher at Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary School noticed the boy had what appeared to be a small razor blade during class on Tuesday, according to a Beaufort County sheriff’s report.

It was obvious that the blade was the metal insert commonly found in a child’s small, plastic pencil sharpener, the deputy noted.

The boy — a fourth-grader described as a well-behaved and good student — cried during the meeting with his mom, the deputy and the school’s assistant principal.

He had no criminal intent in having the blade at school, the sheriff’s report stated, but was suspended for at least two days and could face further disciplinary action.

District spokesman Randy Wall said school administrators are stuck in the precarious position between the district’s zero tolerance policy against having weapons at school and common sense.

“We’re always going to do something to make sure the child understands the seriousness of having something that could potentially harm another student, but we’re going to be reasonable,” he said.

Anywhooo… here’s their website for anyone interested.



  1. Heather says:

    You have GOT to be kidding me! “Stuck in the precarious position between…zero tolerance policy against having weapons at school and common sense.” REALLY? I am now more dumb for having read that statement considering the events that preceeded it. Was the 10-year-old threatening another person with his broken pencil sharpener or was he using it for it’s purpose – to sharpen a pencil? I think the common sense part of the above mentioned statement should outweigh the zero tolerance part. Give me a break! Next headline: “Student suspended for leaving three-ring binder open.”

  2. Ed says:

    They should have suspended him. Trust me, I’m an expert in killing. Anything can be a weapon, a toothpick, a q-tip even a piece of paper. Don’t you know that ninja training starts at age 5 in Hilton Head? His whole class is lucky he didn’t go crazy and kill all of them with that BLADE! Snap… Crack… Woosh!

    On a side note, thanks for coming Heather. It’s good to know that you can come by and “RING THE BELL” of sanity… you do know what I’m talking about right?

  3. Heather says:

    Awwww yeah. I know what you’re talking about. Ring-a-ding-ding! Wake up Mo-Fo(s); you’re about to get your asses handed to ya!

  4. Ed says:

    Ring-a-ding-ding as in the late night bell in the old neighborhood?

  5. Heather says:

    That would be the bell! 😉

  6. Gondin says:

    It’s hard living with fear, I understand, but oh… poor boy.

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