Many schools have a zero-tolerance policy - a ban on doing or using certain things. Sometimes these bans make sense, but often they are silly, like the one in a school in Tennessee - a teenage student was punished in August for saying “bless you” when a fellow student sneezed!
In September, a soldier who had served America for 24 years was told that he could not enter his daughter’s school in Michigan. Why? He was wearing his uniform! A security guard stopped him at the door and told him that he couldn’t come in because his uniform might “offend” some of the students. He’d have to go home and change, the guard said. Instead, the soldier called school management and was quickly escorted into the school with apologies from the principal (who happened to be a vet himself).
An eleven-year-old girl named Grace Karaffa has had trouble with a strange school rule ever since she was in the second grade. Her Virginia school treats Chapstick and lip balm like medicines - a student must bring a doctor’s note and have the school nurse apply them! Grace often has chapped and bleeding lips, but cannot relieve them until she gets home. In September this year, Grace finally had enough. She asked the school board to get rid of the rule. After Grace made a speech and was questioned by the members of the school board, they decided to think about changing the ban. Maybe soon the students in that school can stop having dry lips! And maybe the people who make school rules will use more common sense next time!