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For once, it’s bad news from another school system

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The Journal has been relatively quiet on the subject of the Dougherty County School System.  The reason is that there hasn’t been much reason to complain.  Of course, if this was Richmond County, I’d  have plenty of reason to complain.

Last week, Tonya Mount, a mother who’s disabled child attends school in the system, was issued a warning of criminal trespass by Richmond County School police.  Her crime?  Well, according to Mount, it stems from a photograph she posted on Facebook.

Was this picture threatening?  Not particularly.  It was a photograph of her Georgia Weapons License.

The principle, Janina Dallas, apparently has a fear of people who can legally carry a weapon concealed in Georgia.  Never mind that every weapons permit holder has to go through a rigorous background check.  Never mind that studies suggest that permit holders are less likely to commit a crime than even the police.  None of that matters to Dallas.

Mount, an Army veteran, was treated like some kind of a criminal.  For no reason.

I’m very much afraid that Dallas and her reaction are blowback from zero tolerance laws that have removed common sense from many schools throughout the nation.  When kids are punished for nibbling a breakfast pastry into the same of a gun, things have gotten ridiculous.  When a teen is punished for turning in a gun that he took from another student who was trying to shoot someone, we have passed the ridiculous.

However, the other side of this is that teachers and administrators are eventually going to start buying into the idea that guns equal evil and that anyone who has an interest in guns is some kind of anti-social criminal just waiting to burst out.  Neither of these are true, but it doesn’t really matter.  The anti-gun crowd has their hooks into the school administrators throughout the nation.

The Dougherty County School System has made more than their share of bad headlines in the past, but so far there seems to be sense involving weapons in schools.  Despite the past ills, this is one they haven’t committed, and the people of Dougherty County should be thankful.

Students carrying guns in school is a wrong that needs to be addressed vehemently.  Students in high school and younger are, in general, not mature enough to handle the responsibility of carrying a firearm.  There’s a reason that pistols, the guns most likely to be carried on a daily basis, require someone to be 21 to purchase.  To the best of my knowledge, that is what the Dougherty County School System concerns itself with, and that is to be applauded.

Worrying about a parent with a weapons permit is beyond ridiculous.  I’m glad to see that the Dougherty County School System is keeping priorities where they need to be on this front.

Tom Knighton is the Editor and Publisher of the Albany Journal.

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