Eagle Scout Cole Withrow was just a few weeks from graduating with honors from his North Carolina high school, but now the active church member is facing a felony weapons charge and a precarious future after accidentally leaving a shotgun in his pickup truck in the school parking lot.
Most members of the Johnston County community, just southeast of Raleigh believe the 18-year-old is paying far too big a price for an honest mistake. Withrow had been skeet shooting with friends a day before, and only noticed he had left his shotgun in his truck on Monday morning as he reached to grab his book bag, said family friend Kimberly Boykin. When he realized his mistake, rather than leave school grounds, he went to the front office to call his mother for help.
Withrow, who did his senior class project on gun safety, locked the gun in his truck before going to call his mother. But when he asked her to come and take the gun, the trouble started.
“He was overheard in a private conversation with his mother explaining what happened,” Boykin said. “He could have told a story, but he told the truth.”
A spokesperson for Johnston County Schools confirmed to Fox News that they found the shotgun in Withrow’s locked vehicle.
This is what zero tolerance does.
This is why when you make these mistakes, you just slide it under the back seat and don't utter a word and nobody will notice most likely.
Chalk it up to "zero tolerance policies", which have my vote for the worst concept ever introduced to schools.
Anyone ever thought about the logic behind "zero-tolerance policies?"
They are policies designed to look like safeguards, but in reality they are simply tools to cover the arse of administrative figures in the event they make a retarded decision.
So with "zero-tolerance policies," no decision has to be made, because it's zero-tolerance.
Throw an imaginary grenade at recess and get suspended?
"See? See? It's in the school handbook. ZERO TOLERANCE! There's nothing we can do to help you!"
So essentially zero-tolerance policies are designed to relieve administration of one of the biggest responsiblities they have: make decisions.
Only cowards or inept leaders/decision-makers implement zero-tolerance policies.
Rules are rules and we all know what would happen the first time they gave Johnny white kid 2 days suspension and gave Jermaine black kid 3 days for the same infraction