QUESTION OF THE WEEK-What do you think of zero tolerance policies in schools?
Frank Richards:"I think they can be overly harsh. A lot depends on the age of the student and the nature of the offense, but I think people are way too willing to be punitive. The notion of zero tolerance, being that absolute about anything, is, to me, a little bit distressing. Schools are becoming mini prisons. I'm not a fan of that."
Stacey Smith: "I think that it's a little too strong for the younger age group, for the little ones that are five years old. They don't understand, so if they were to make a comment like, 'I'll kill you,' some of them don't truly mean it. They'll be back to being friends the next day with the kid. That age group, I think it's a little too forceful for them, but for the older ones, we do need that."
Allegra Studnitz: "It's too complicated to put it only into two words."