Thinking about implementing a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment? Have you really thought about the implications…
“A first grader was suspended for three days after school officials said he sexually harassed a girl in his class by allegedly putting two fingers inside the girl’s waistband while she sat on the floor in front of him.
The boy’s mother, Berthena Dorinvil, said she ‘screamed’ about last week’s suspension from Downey Elementary School, and added her son doesn’t know what sexual harassment is.”
Most people in the US misunderstand the purpose of juries and of the judicial branch as a whole. These same people often bitch (quite loudly) about how it is bad to legislate morality. Here’s a hint: all legislation is about morality. Law exists to define right, wrong, and leave room for future interpretations. Hence, a jury does not determine solely whether or not someone accused of a crime is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, they also determine whether or not the law is just. The “spirit of the law,” if you will.
Zero tolerance is about the letter of the law – not the spirit. No wonder such policies lead to heartless executions.