Seven fourth-grade boys in Centennial, Colo., were sent home from Dry Creek Elementary School for pointing their fingers at each other like guns in a game of army-and-aliens on the playground.
A Texas school district tried to expel a 16-year-old high school student for a year when a butter knife was spotted in the back of his pickup truck.
Three seventh-graders in a South Side Chicago public grade school were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver after school officials found them selling plastic bags of purple powder for a quarter each.
It was grape Kool-Aid powder. They told school officials it was grape Kool-Aid to no avail, said their attorney, Michelle Light.
"They were rounded up and hauled off down to the police station," Light said. "No one ever suggested it was anything but grape Kool-Aid."
Even when a lawyer from the national firm of Baker & McKenzie stepped in, prosecutors refused to drop the charges and wanted the boys to agree to counseling. After three months, prosecutors finally agreed to test the purple powder. It was Kool-Aid. Charges against the boys were dropped.
A Florida high school student tape recorded a chemistry lecture against school policy. Was she reprimanded and sent back to class with a stern lecture? NO! She was criminally charged under the state Wire Tap law.
A 12 year old girl gets a year in custody for sexual assault for going on a "Play Date" with two 11 year old girls.
Schools are banning dodge ball and tag because the games encourage "violent behavior."
Some schools are removing any references to the military from their libraries, and some high schools are banning military recruiters.
Elementary students in Texas and Louisiana have been suspended for pointing pencils and saying "pow" and drawing pictures of soldiers. A fifth-grader in St. Petersburg, Fla., was arrested for drawing pictures of "weapons."
Students in Mississippi were held in jail for trivial infractions, such as throwing peanuts at one another.
"Terrorist threat" criminal charges were filed against two 8-year-olds in Irvington, N.J., for "playing cops and robbers with a paper gun."
A young boy is suspended from elementary school for pointing his finger at someone and saying "Bang." It seems the school's Zero Tolerance rule extends to "Pretend" guns, including fingers.
Another school will let kids point fingers, but only if they have a "Permit."
6 year old tossed out of school for bringing in his father's pager for show and tell. It seems it's classified as drug paraphernalia.
A Boy Scout (excellent 'A' student) returning from camp was suspended from school because he left his axe and knife in his car along with the rest of his camping gear.
An 11 year-old girl was suspended for 10 days from Garrett Middle School in Atlanta. It seems that the (10 inch 'bead type') chain connecting her key ring to her Tweetie Bird wallet was in violation of the school's "Weapons Policy."
In October, 2001 a North Carolina man, Jerry Ward was prosecuted, convicted and fined under a little-used 1805 Adultery Law. He admitted co-habiting with his girlfriend and having sex. District Judge Jimmy Myers, a bachelor and ordained Methodist minister, prosecuted Ward and his girlfriend Wendy Gunter, who is estranged from her husband. The adultery law prohibits a man and woman who aren't married to each other to "lewdly and lasciviously associate, bed and cohabit together". A request to have the charges thrown out were denied, reports The Charlotte Observer. The case came about during evidence given at a custody hearing over Mrs Gunter's children.