The rule can be unfair. And that’s exactly its purpose. Because it can be unfair it is believed that students will take extraordinary steps to keep from breaking it. Under this policy, however, good students have been unreasonably punished for all kinds of ridiculous infractions like the possession of rubber bands and nail clippers.
If a mature adult is incapable of adjudicating a six year old with a gun-shaped Pop-Tart differently than a sixteen year old with a real gun, then I question their right to educate children. Parents, and all tax payers for that matter, should have zero tolerance for this kind of foolish behavior.
(Pictured above is then 6th grader Tyrique Royal who led the "Rubberband Gang" at Fahari Academy Charter School in Brooklyn. In 2011 He faced being expelled for launching pellets of paper across the classroom. Photo by: Helayne Seidman, Credit: NY Post)