Missing paragraphs B2

Read the article below on the policy of zero tolerance in a school in America. Five paragraphs have been removed. Choose from the paragraphs A-F the one which fits each gap (1-4). There is one extra paragraph which you do not need. There is an example at the beginning (0).

Zero tolerance takes its toll on pupils


When Nepata Godec received a call from Dry Creek Elementary School last month telling her that her son and his friends were being sent home from school, she prepared herself for the worst. 'I thought somebody was in the hospital,' said Mrs Godec. 0 - …D…

`So I thought, "Yes? Then what happened?"' she said. But that was it. We needed to come to school to pick up our son. I couldn't believe it.' That wasn't all. As the stunned parents later discovered, the principal, Darci Mickle, also questioned the boys on whether their families owned guns. 1 - …

Faced with the choice of obeying his parents or obeying the principal, he chose his parents. ‘I asked Connor about it, and he told me he lied to Mrs Mickle and answered "no". He was afraid that the family would get in trouble,' Mr Andrew said.

2 - … That day, the Dry Creek seven joined a growing number of students who have learned the hard way about 'zero tolerance'. A popular policy for schools which are worried about guns, drugs and alcohol, the no-second-chances policy has resulted in serious punishment, sometimes including arrest, for what was once seen as normal rough play.  

3 - … Many would question whether such an extreme reaction to a playground game is sensible. And critics also argue that the strict policies have made children feel guilty about generally acceptable behaviour. They also ask whether zero tolerance actually makes schools safer. 4 - …

Other examples of the crazy zero tolerance policy taken from newspapers include:

Sayreville, New Jersey: Four kindergarten students playing cops-and-robbers are given three-day suspensions.

Jonesboro, Arkansas: An 8-year-old boy is suspended for three days after pointing a piece of chicken at a teacher and saying, 'Pow, pow, pow.' Jonesboro was the site of a 1998 school shooting that left two dead.

Also in New Jersey: Two kids playing cops-and-robbers are charged with making terrorist threats. The incidents have become so widespread that they now appear on several Web sites.



Connor may have had some reason to feel this way. Dry Creek is only about 20 miles from Columbine High School, where a shooting in 1999 left 15 dead. It is a community with reason to be nervous. However, this was no isolated incident.


For 10-year-old Connor Andrew, whose father had worked as a licensed hunting guide, the question put him in an impossible position. He had been warned not to discuss his father's guns at school.


Even those in favour of gun-control aren't convinced by the policy. John Head, founder of SAFE/Colorado, said the Dry Creek incident sounded harmless enough to him. 'What I have a problem with is when children have guns and point them at each other,' he said.


But she was even more shocked when she discovered the real reason. It turned out that 10-year-old Aaron Godec and six of his class mates were being sent home from school for pointing their fingers like guns during a game of ‘army-and-aliens’ in the playground.


Even without the school policy, zero tolerance is the law in Colorado, where students who carry a gun or replica gun to school are expelled. Nowhere does the law mention fingers, but Mrs Mickle said, 'We can't predict what every student is going to do.'


At the Cherry Creek School District here, officials insist the Dry Creek incident was handled properly. 'Our handling of this incident is in line with district policy and common sense,' said district spokeswoman Tustin Amole.