The growth of the "zero tolerance policy" has led to a vast number of students being suspended, expelled, or even arrested for "crimes" that virtually nobody considers crimes. Because of schools adopting harsh rules against drugs, violence, bad behavior or anything they deem misconduct, students have been subject to punishments that far outstrip anything they might have done wrong.
In past instances, kids as young as six have been led out of class in handcuffs and wrongfully suspended for wearing the wrong clothing, making noises, bringing something that looks like it maybe could possibly almost be a weapon, or just bothering someone. This culminated in the arrest and suspension of Ahmed Mohamed, a high school freshman who made a clock for a science project, and was interrogated by police because his English teacher thought it looked like a bomb.But Ahmed was far from the first student humiliated, arrested, and traumatized, and kicked out of school over nothing, or for doing something that only skirted the edges of a zero tolerance policy. Here are some of the most egregious cases of zero tolerance gone wrong. Which kids were accidentally suspended for the silliest reasons? Vote up the worst and most ridiculous cases of kids being suspended over nothing below.
The Girl Who Got Detention for Hugging Her Friend at School
The Football Player Suspended For Being Concerned About Potassium
Football player Jay Cooke, a student at suburban Detroit high school Bloomfield Hills, was attending a soccer game, when a player on the opposing team went down with a cramp. Knowing something about the importance of keeping one's potassium level's up, Cooke yelled "get that boy a banana!" The opposing coach felt this was racist, because the player Cooke was concerned about was African-American.So the school suspended Cooke from the last football game of the year, and banned from attending school sporting events for the rest of the year. Cooke's teammates (many of whom are also African-American) immediately came to his defense, pointing out that he's not a racist, and that bananas are a really good thing to eat when you've got a cramp. After a fountain of social media outrage, the school let Cooke play in the final game - but was still given detention.