Poor Zachary Christie. He's the 6-year-old boy who was suspended for bringing a "dangerous weapon" to school last week: a camping utensil that consists of a combination of a spoon, fork and knife. Although the "charges" against Zachary have now been revisited, after much public embarrassment for a school system that can't differentiate between a hoodlum with a real weapon and a child with an eating utensil, the reality of a culture that often has knowledge without wisdom, remains.
It's the same mentality that renders TSA officials unable to make a distinction between Middle-Eastern looking males and blonde grandmothers in wheelchairs at airport checkpoints.
Zachary Christie will likely survive the trauma of being branded a terrorist threat at school. But a culture that can't make common sense judgments and distinctions, and instead blindly follows the letter of the law often at the expense of its intent, will continue to produce weird outcomes like this one.
Mark Joseph is a film producer and marketing expert who has worked on the development and marketing of 25 films. His most recent book is The Lion, The Professor & The Movies: Narnia's Journey To The Big Screen.