Itsa-Lichii and Zero Tolerance Policy Analytical Essay by winterbaby

Itsa-Lichii and Zero Tolerance Policy
This paper discusses the case of Itsa-Lichii and zero tolerance policy in public schools.
# 147525 | 1,550 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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In this article, the writer discusses that Itsa-Lichii, a young American Indian student just beginning school, was expelled after a few months due to the conflict between the length of his hair and the policy of the public school he attended. The writer describes that although his hairstyle followed traditional American Indian custom, the school superintendent did not make an exception to the rule. The entire incident affected Itsa-Lichee and his family for many years. The writer maintains that there are pros and cons to following a zero tolerance policy in public schools, however, many rules do not make exception for cultural or religious differences and values.

Summary of Article
Position Against the Expulsion
Position for the Expulsion
Personal Beliefs Regarding the Expulsion

From the Paper:

"About a month after being in school and doing well, Itsa-Lichee's mother was told by the principal that he would not be able to return to school the following Monday unless his hair was cut. There was a confrontation in the school hallway to which Itsa-Lichee's sister was a witness.
"It was a traumatic situation for both children. There were some teachers at the school who supported the family, but who did not speak up because they were afraid they would lose their jobs. Immediately after his expulsion, Itsa-Lichee was home-schooled for a few months. During that period he had a hard time making friends and approaching other children on the playground. While being home-schooled his parents continued searching for the right school and also planned to file a law suit. Eventually they found a school, but it took a few attempts for Itsa-Lichee to be placed in the right classroom. From the beginning of his year in Kindergarten until the end of that school year he was a student in four different rooms with four different teachers and students."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Black, Susan. (2004). Beyond Zero Tolerance. Retrieved on December 10, 2005 from American School Board Journal Website:
  • Cox, Amy. (2005). Custom Made Fit For School. Retrieved on December 10, 2005 from CNN Website:
  • Essex, Nathan L. (2004). Zero Tolerance and Student Dress Codes. Retrieved on December 10, 2005 from National Association Of Elementary School principals Website:
  • Haynes, Charles C./biography.aspx?name=c_haynes (October 2003). Dress codes vs. religious practice: What kind of nation are we? Retrieved on December 10, 2005 from First Amendment Center Website:
  • Madrid, Max J. (1999). Student Dress Codes: Constitutional Requirements and Policy Suggestions. Retrieved on December 10, 2005 from the Modrall-Sterling Website:

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APA Format

Itsa-Lichii and Zero Tolerance Policy (2011, May 10) Retrieved May 28, 2023, from

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"Itsa-Lichii and Zero Tolerance Policy" 10 May 2011. Web. 28 May. 2023. <>