In it, Leiss admits multiple times that he made “a pretty big mistake” by not asking Renville for his side of the story, not talking to any other witnesses, and by not contacting his parents right away.
Uh, yeah, YA THINK?
However, Leiss also defends his actions by saying that, because the boy didn’t have any other warnings or detentions on his record, he didn’t see this child as a threat. “I try to remember that sixth graders are kids. I don’t want to overreact,” he said.
Um, overreact? Is there such a thing as overreacting to a kid with a weapon at school?
Maybe there is, as Renville’s own father was a lot more laid back about it than most parents would be. “My look on bringing a knife to school, I don’t think overwhelmingly it’s a big deal,” he said. He did, however, make a distinction between bringing a knife to school and “pulling it out in a threatening manner,” which should be taken more seriously.
Leiss agrees that there’s a lot of gray area in today’s society, making it complicated to discern what’s a big deal and what isn’t.
“It’s kinda like how it’s okay for some black guys to call each other ‘hey n*****,’” Leiss explains in the worst, most racist analogy in the history of parent/principal conferences. “Somehow that’s okay, but if somebody else does it it’s not okay. It’s just really hard to navigate and find that middle ground.”