Holder needs to get an education

The Obama administration pressed for the nation’s schools to abandon what it described as “overly zealous discipline policies” that send students to court instead of the principal’s office. The Attorney General Eric Holder said problems often stem from well-intentioned zero-tolerance policies that can inject the criminal justice system into school matters. A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student into the principal’s office, not in a police precinct, Holder said.

First of all, what infractions is Holder talking about? He is not specific. And what is overly zealous discipline? Again, Holder is not specific.

I am sure that our schools’ officials are smart enough to know the difference between what a bad student is and a dangerous one. In the past and the present, teachers have been assaulted. Is having that student arrested considered overly zealous discipline? If so, ask the teacher first. They are not getting paid enough to be a target for any disorderly youth.

I do believe zero tolerance in our schools is not asking too much, considering the fact these kids should be going to school to learn, not to try and dictate school policy.

And that also goes to our government as well. Stay out of school policies. I am sure there is no intention to pick on any particular student. If they all behave, then there would not be a problem in the first place. Before anyone in government makes any statements about anything, do some investigations from those people who have to place their lives on the line in our school systems. Mr. Holder should also make visits to our schools and see for himself before making harsh statements and innuendoes, and speak to the teachers first-hand, not from rumor control.

That’s the major problem in Washington – get out and see this country.

Richard Makuch is a Dunkirk resident.