More "no tolerance" = "no brains"
A Chandler AZ 8th grader has been suspended for drawing a crude doodle of a ray gun. That's all -- just doodling it.
"Chandler district spokesman Terry Locke said the school is not allowed to discuss students’ discipline records. However, he said the sketch was “absolutely considered a threat,” and threatening words or pictures are punished."
Ah, things have changed since I went to school under the Old Nuns. You could have sent one a specific death threat and she would never have acknowledged it. That would be wimpy. She would have torn your arm off and beaten you to death with it, then called upon God to raise you from the dead so she could repeat the experience. It would be like spitting on a USMC drill officer, except that the DO only *thinks* he has a direct pipeline to God, the Old Nuns were 100% certain of it. And one experience, which I may relate someday, suggests that that belief was not totally out of line. Let's just stay these were women about 5'2" high who (a) knew what you were thinking at every second; and (b) held absolute moral dominance of you; and (3) could, if you go too far out of line, beat the holy living __ out of you and otherwise call down consequences you would not even want to think about.
By today's standards, of course, they would have wilted our fragile egos. In reality, they taught us well, turned sociopathic little snots into people who behaved with decency and respect, removed most worries about bullies (a bully would usurp their roles, and would get the most severe of punishments) and in short trained us very well to live in a world in which nobody would be kissing our precious posteriors.