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School: Pencil-banning memo not official

Nov. 18, 2010 at 5:42 PM

NORTH BROOKFIELD, Mass., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts school district superintendent said a memo banning sixth graders from carrying pencils was written without district approval.

North Brookfield School District interim Superintendent Gordon Noseworthy said Wendy Scott, one of two sixth-grade teachers at North Brookfield Elementary School, did not get approval from administrators before sending the memo to all sixth-grade parents, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported Thursday.

The memo said students would no longer be allowed to bring writing implements to school. It said pencils would be provided for students in class and any students caught with pencils or pens after Nov. 15 would face disciplinary action for having materials "to build weapons."

Noseworthy said the memo does not represent district policy.

"We never use words like weapons in this context," he said.

The school's principal said no ban was being instituted and the situation has been handled.

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