Monday, September 17, 2007

How To Destroy a Young Life In One Easy Step

I bet this kid's car had a lug wrench in it too, maybe even one of those high-capacity, four-pronged, assault lug wrenches.

Will Chandler said he knows he should not have left campus when he and two friends left Wheeler High School for lunch a week ago.

"I was like, 'Alright, I’m going to get in trouble.' I didn’t even know the knife was in there. I completely forgot about it and then they pulled it out," said Chandler.

A school officer found a Swiss Army knife in Chandler’s car’s console. Under the school’s zero tolerance policy it was an automatic suspension for Chandler.

The next day, the Chandlers found out Will had also been charged with a felony.

It's official.

The old, worn-out mantra of "If it saves just one life, it will be worth it.", once so popular with the zero-tolerance [read: zero cerebral cortex] movement, has now been replaced with "If it ruins just a couple hundred lives here and there, it will be worth it."

Oh, and if you're curious:


Joseph Wheeler High School
375 Holt Road
Marietta, GA 30068


770.578.3268 Fax


Ed Thayer

I have the suspicious feeling that Mr. Thayer will be "in a meeting" for the rest of the semester.