The Washington Times - October 28, 2009, 01:06PM

Chalk up another school on the list of unyielding policy slaves that punish unsuspecting students wielding weapons of mass suspension.

Brody Middle School in Des Moinse, Iowa, suspended an 11-year-old girl for bringing empty shotgun shells to school.

From the Des Moines Register:

“Jazmine Martin, a sixth-grader at Brody Middle School, picked up the shells as souvenirs during a family trip to a ranch in South Dakota, where the rounds were fired as part of a show. They were blanks.

“‘I didn’t think they were going to hurt anyone,’ Jazmine said. ‘I wanted to show them to my science teacher because he’s into stuff like this.’

“She said she didn’t have time to show her teacher, but she did show a couple of friends. This week, she was called into the office and suspended.”


According to the article, school policy bans “live ammunition or bullets,” not empty shells or casings.

Jazmine is the victim of the zero-tolerance monster, a repulsive trigger-puller that recently struck Eagle Scout Whalen and Cub Scout Christie.

An empty shotgun shell also got Bradley Geslak, 10, suspended from Toy Town Elementary in Winchendon, Mass., last year.  The shell was a souvenir from a uniformed veteran during a Memorial Day celebration, according to the Worcester Telegram.