That is why I have locks on all of my steak knifes in my house.
IMO, the problem isn't with the reaction, it's with the rules that cause it in the first place. Everyone is so freaked out about their kids getting hurt that rules/laws like this get enacted. The 2000 foot rule is a great example.
OMG we can't have sexual predators living within 2000 feet of a school! Or a daycare! Or a bus stop! Guess what? It doesn't make a lick of difference where they live. They can live 2005 feet away and drive the extra five feet and snatch a kid up from one those places anyway. It's a stupid law meant to make reactionary chicken little parents feel better about something that they have no control over. It does absolutely nothing to fix the problem, and just provides a false sense of security, not to mention potentially creating an even more dangerous problem (colonies of sexual predators living in parks, and offenders not registering, or not registering truthfully for instance).
Teachers are part of the problem, but they are mostly part of the problem because the larger part of the problem is parents who are unwilling to take responsibility for their children's actions, and unwilling to make their children accept responsibility for their own actions. Teachers have no choice but to cover their butts, and their school's butt. They do the best they can, some of them, anyway, but it's a lot easier to just follow policy, no matter how misguided or irrational, because that policy is written to keep things as benign as possible for the school. It's a lot easier to blame the policy than to force a teacher or administrator to be accountable for making a subjective judgment call, even if it's the correct subjective judgment call.
The world doesn't run on common sense, and sometimes, often even, that's for very good reason. "Common sense" often ignores the complexity and requirements of problems and their solutions. Kids need to be raised on it, though, IMO, and if families aren't providing that at home, I think it's incumbent upon the schools to at least provide examples of how it's supposed to work, even if it lands them in legal limbo. As a taxpayer I don't mind paying for defense from a frivolous lawsuit or two if it's a reasonable decision that's being questioned (i.e. a kid brings a bowie knife to school in his backpack with the intent of threatening another kid, and is suspended or something).
I remember being in High School and kids would give informative speeches on how to clean a gun. So they would bring their shot gun to school and clean in right in front of the class. That was back in 1990.
Hope she had a swiss knife and not a Jim Bowie.
You will never make schools perfectly safe. Ever. You can make them reasonable, however. Reasonably safe, and reasonably sane. You just have to have administrators that are reasonable, and you have to have a school board that is the same.
Either you're going to have zero tolerance, or you're going to have teachers and administrators making sometimes subjective decisions. There really isn't a whole lot of room in between.
When I was a kid, we brought chinese stars to school to throw at logs. We also brought nunchuks. This was back when the ninja thing was very popular. We played with them for a few weeks, then a letter went around to parents telling them that there was a problem with sharpened ninja toys at recess. They ended up taking them away from us, but nothing like this knee jerk response.
Although I am not a parent yet I decided a long time ago to send my kids to private school.