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Sports letters – Zero tolerance

Zero tolerance

I was touched by the Bear River Varsity Lady Bruins’ apology letter to the community. Young women taking responsibility. How fine.

They seem, to me, more mature than the school community that judged and punished them. An acontextual “zero tolerance” response by a community authority is increasingly common. It comes from a desire to suppress any diversity, any experimentation, any divergence from determined “right behavior.” And it works. But at what price?



As a member of this community, I offer my apology back to the Lady Bruins. Other than The Union articles I don’t know the facts of this situation so I do not know what outcome would be just. But I do know that rigid responses to community members from authority creates a fear-based situation that saddens me.

Jim Doak




Nevada City


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