In the wake of several mass shootings, many school districts across the U.S. have implemented strict zero-tolerance policies regarding firearms and related paraphernalia. Critics, however, have repeatedly pointed out that certain incidents indicate these guidelines are being enforced without considering context.
Students have been seriously reprimanded for infractions as seemingly innocuous as biting a pastry into the approximate shape of a pistol.
One recent example of this trend occurred at Pennsylvania’s Hershey High School. The school district explained the situation in a Facebook post Monday:
This morning, an object resembling a bullet was found in a Hershey High School parking lot. The Derry Township Police Department has taken possession of the object and confirmed it is NOT ammunition; in fact it has been determined to be an air freshener.
While a few replies expressed gratitude for the school’s abundant display of caution, many others ridiculed the perceived overreach. One social media user opined:
Why would you call the police even if it was a real bullet[?] Just pick it up and dispose of it.