Day 1 – Do you believe in god?/What religion are you?
Day 2 – Do you believe in an afterlife? What do you believe happens when you die?
Day 3 – Are you proud to be from whatever country you are from?
Day 4 – What is your view on gay marriage? Homosexuality in general?
Day 5 – Do you think sex before marriage is okay?
Day 6 – How do you feel that sex education should be handled in schools?
Day 7 – Do you want to get married and/or have kids?
Day 8 – Do you think any drugs should be legalized? Do you think there should be an age for drinking?
Day 9 – Pro-life or pro-choice?
Day 10 – Have any opinions about year-round schooling?
Day 11 – What do you think about prostitution? Should it be legal?
Day 12 – Do you think men today are too “wimpy” and need to “man up”? How do you feel about gender roles as a whole?
Day 13 – Do you think there should be an age to get tattoos/piercings without the consent of a parent?
Day 14 – Do you believe in aliens?
Day 15 – Do you believe in regrets? Do you have any terrible ones?
Day 16 – What do you want to happen to your body when you die?
Day 17 – How about that cloning stuff?
Day 18 – What is your take on people who self harm (cutting, burning, scratching etc etc.)
Day 19 – Do you think high schools should give out free contraceptives?
Day 20 – What do you think about plastic surgery?
Day 21 – What do you think about the death penalty?
Day 22 – Do you say your country’s national anthem/pledge of allegiance when it is said/listened to?
Day 23 – What do you think about thinspo?
Day 24 – Euthanasia – Your thoughts?
Day 25 – Do you think violent video games should be banned?
Day 26 – Which do you think should be taught in schools: Evolution or creationism?
Day 27 – “Illegal” downloading – Yay or nay?

Day 28 – Do you think zero tolerance policies are effective in achieving their objectives?
Day 29 – Do you feel as though women should be able to walk around topless like men? Why or why not?
Day 30 – Do you think the internet should be censored?

Let me tell you a story about my little sister (who I hope won’t mind too much…)

When she was younger, in elementary school, she rode the bus to school. Some of the kids were unruly little asshats. There were problems with them doing mean and unsafe things the entire year. At one point, one of them pinned down my little sister, with his arm across her chest, so that she couldn’t move. Her arms were pretty much pinned down so that she couldn’t move, but, like the smart kid she is, she struggled, and managed to swat at the kid to get him off of her because…hello, if some strange kid you barely knew who was bigger than you pinned you down and made it hard for you to move, you’d try to get him off of you, right? I know I would.

The kid ended up getting a week of out of school suspension. Originally…they tried to give MY SISTER the same punishment. Why? Because they saw in the bus camera that my sister had swatted the kid and they had a “zero tolerance” policy.

My mom was not pleased. She called the school and raised holy hell about it. We had always been taught growing up that we weren’t allowed to start any fights, but if we were defending ourselves, we wouldn’t get in trouble….and yet here the school was getting my sister in trouble for trying to defend herself! They wouldn’t take away the punishment for my sister, since she hit the kid, but they dropped it down to lunch detention for a week and a talk about how you shouldn’t hit people.

This isn’t an isolated incident. I’ve heard about people getting seriously hurt by bullies because the bully tries to beat them up, but they don’t want to fight back and get in trouble, so they just take it instead of defending themselves (which, in my experience, would be better. Bullies tend to pick on the weak targets. That ignoring bullies thing? Doesn’t work, because it just means you won’t fight back. Once I started insulting them back was when they stopped teasing me).

So no, I don’t think zero tolerance policies achieve their objectives. There’s almost always cases where something was justified. One size does NOT fit all. Etc etc etc….

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