Because we all know how often criminals use their clever cover as an “honors student, choir singer and former football player who spends half the day training to be a firefighter” to hide their evil, secret plans to use a flashlight with a two inch blade on it to kill students and teachers by the truckload.
If there is a reasonable case to be made that this young man, Christopher Berger, represented a threat of any kind, I’d really like to hear it.
The charge states that “[the] defendant endangered the bodily safety of other students by leaving a knife unsupervised in the cafeteria.”
How so? Is our existence that perilous, our society that much of a powderkeg, that leaving an everyday, multi-tool type of gadget with a 2 inch knife blade on it, unattended, in a jacket in the cafeteria, can be considered a threat to anybody’s safety?
Sorry, but I find that ridiculous on its face.
And this kid seems to have earned a good reputation over the years. That has to count for something, all else being equal.
Because if it doesn’t mean anything, that removes one more incentive for a kid to walk the straight and narrow.
It seems to me that we need to be a little bit more careful when we make policies and laws, and make sure we aren’t creating problems instead of fixing them.