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Is this story true and accurate? I did not check the facts because I do not believe that the factual accuracy of the story is of importance. The story is within the bounds of plausibility and it illustrates a few of the points for our movement, BTFMovement. So I will comment on the story as is.
Gut feeling about the treatment of the hapless student: My gut feeling is that something is terribly wrong. At the very least the punishment does not fit the crime. The punishment falls into the “cruel and unusual” category, yet it is acceptable for our authorities to wield such punishment if drugs are involved especially on school grounds.
A second overwhelming feeling is: we have succeeded to legislate logic and mental checks-and-balances out of official reaction to adversity especially when our officials react to drug offense.
In a study published in the NIH: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/high-school-youth-trends: we learn: “In 2012, 6.5 percent of 8th graders, 17.0 percent of 10th graders, and 22.9 percent of 12th graders used marijuana in the past month”. This means that the student, if in 12th grade is part of over 20% of high school population that is using marijuana.
The war on drugs that is basically fought in a similar manor since the last forever is: pay enforcement to punish, fine, banish, humiliate and demonize the offender. This approach had proven, over and over again as ineffective.
Having a system and its consequences…