America's Most Wanted may be on the lookout for a dangerous villain. He has big blue eyes, a yellow beak and chants, "I tawt I taw a puddy tat." Yes, Tweety Bird. Sylvester isn't the only one trying to wipe out Tweety. A school district in Austell, Ga., suspended an 11-year-old girl for carrying a Tweety Bird key chain. Ashley Smith received a 10-day suspension from Garrett Middle School because the chain was construed as a weapon. Pictured above, Ashley holds the key chain after school officials removed three to four inches of it. Apparently, the chain falls into the same category as pellet guns, ice picks and swords. Who knew? How does Ashley feel about this bird-brained policy, better known as zero tolerance? "It made me feel scared and mad and a little sad," she says. "I hope the school board changes some rules." This incident not only ruffled the feathers of Ashley and other Austell residents, but also the American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed a lawsuit on Ashley's behalf. Says Alan Dorfman, pr esident of Basic Fun, a leading key chain manufacturer, "It's ridiculous school officials would hold a kid responsible for potential use of a product when the chain is clearly not intended for harm."
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|Title Annotation:||11-year-old girl for carrying Tweety Bird key chain|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2000|
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