Teenager Expelled For Possession of Grooming Tool
Taylor Ray Jetter, a fifteen-year-old middle school student, has been expelled from school for possession of a “tool capable of inflicting bodily harm” — an eyebrow shaver.
The Penn Hills school board decided Tuesday night to uphold a 15-year-old student’s expulsion for showing up at school with an eyebrow shaver in her handbag.
A Linton Middle School teenager was expelled after a random search turned up an eyebrow shaver in her handbag on May 4.
Officials at the Penn Hills school recommended that Taylor Ray Jetter be expelled for the rest of this year and 45 days next year.
The state’s Safe School Act defines a weapon as any knife, cutting instrument, cutting tool, nun chuck, firearms, rifle and any other tool capable of inflicting bodily harm.
This is absolute insanity. She’s a teenage student, for God’s sake, not an inmate. A person shouldn’t have their life potentially ruined because a bunch of school administrators are under the impression that grooming implements are deadly weapons. These types of zero tolerance laws are bad enough, but the administrators who fail to exercise an ounce of common sense by interpreting them literally and without judgment make it even worse.
UPDATE (James Joyner): While I concur with all above, I wonder why anyone needs to take an eyebrow shaver to school with them. Unless she’s a werewolf or something, her eyebrows shouldn’t grow so much during the day that they need a touchup.
I’ve appended a photograph above that’s purportedly the type of shaver in question.