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From The New York Times:
6-year-old Zachary Christie just wanted to eat his lunch. But the Cub Scout spoon, fork and knife utensil he brought to eat with got him suspended instead.
School officials determined that he violated the zero-tolerance policy on weapons. His punishment could be as many as 45 days in the district's reform school.
"Zachary wears a suit and tie some days to school by his own choice because he takes school so seriously," said Debbie Christie, Zachary's mother, who started a Web site, helpzachary.com, to help recruit supporters to pressure the local school board at its next open meeting. "He is not some sort of threat to his classmates."
Last year lawmakers in Delaware tried to change rules to require boards to look at expulsions on a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately for Zachary the new law addresses expulsions not suspensions.
The utensil in question.