Are zero-tolerance policies going too far?

The recent suspensions of young kids as a result of school districts’ zero-tolerance polices on weapons are renewing debate about whether these policies go too far. Among the examples cited in an Associated Press article was a kindergartner who was suspended after telling her friends she was going to shoot them with a Hello Kitty soap-bubble gun. While everyone agrees that schools need to be watchful, the mother of the bubble-gun girl complained that they are treating little kids like “mini-adults, making them grow up too fast, and robbing them of their imaginations.”