Zero Tolerance 0350SW Knife Review: What Is Zero Tolerance?
Zero tolerance is a policy or standard which prohibits the use of certain items such as weapons, drugs, alcohol and other substances. It is intended to prevent harm from occurring due to the presence of these things in society.
The concept behind zero tolerance policies was first introduced into American law enforcement by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton in 1996. Since then it has been adopted by many police departments across the United States.
In recent years, the idea of zero tolerance has become increasingly popular among parents and teachers because they believe that it will keep their children safe from drug abuse and violence. However, there are some concerns about its effectiveness in preventing crime or substance abuse in general.
Why Are There So Many Policies And Standards For Weapons, Drugs & Alcohol?
It’s not just the fact that there are so many policies and standards in place; it’s also because these policies have always existed before zero tolerance. They were implemented to protect citizens from real dangers. If someone had used a weapon against another person, or if someone had consumed alcohol and caused a car accident, those would all be considered crimes.
In some areas of the world, however, these policies and standards have become extreme. In some places, a student can be suspended or even arrested for having prescription or over-the-counter medication in their bag because it is considered a “drug.” In other places, a student can be arrested for sharing his ADHD medication with another student who has forgotten her medication at home.
These policies and standards were not meant to be used in such an extreme manner.
Are Zero Tolerance Policies And Standards Effective?
Some people might argue that if zero tolerance policies and standards for weapons, drugs, and alcohol had never been implemented, serious crimes such as murders, drunk driving incidents, or drunk brawls would be more common. This is simply not true. Instead, these types of crimes still occurred even with the policies in place. It’s just that the perpetrators were not punished to the extent that they would have been without the policies.
The problem with these policies and standards is that they are too rigid. They do not allow for common sense, or even for human error. Instead of a teacher, parent, or police officer having the ability to make their own judgment call in certain situations, they are required by law to follow the policy or face legal consequences themselves. If a parent sees their child with a bottle of prescription medication, it would be ridiculous for them to call the police or for the school to suspend the child.
Zero Tolerance Policies And The School Environment
Zero tolerance policies and standards have made school a much more dangerous place in some cases. Instead of students being allowed to settle their differences with each other through fighting, they now have the ability to bring weapons such as knives or guns to school and use them instead. This is one reason why some schools have actually raised their budget for metal detectors.
When these types of policies are used to punish students, it makes them less likely to report when they see a weapon or dangerous item. This makes the school a more dangerous place for the other students. It also means that the student who was carrying the weapon will get away with it unless proper evidence can be gathered to prove it.
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