How many times have I written about the common sense vacuum that exists where-ever zero tolerance policies exist? There are so many, but this one is different. Rather than a student being suspended for chewing his Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun (yes, that really happened), this time it’s a member of the faculty feeling the wrath of stupidity.
Francis Schmidt is assumedly a fan of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, known the the uninitiated as the “A Game of Thrones” show.
In the books, each House has words.
For example, the Stark’s words are “Winter is coming.”
But the Targayen’s words don’t turn people into preppers. Instead, they warn people that one way or another, the Targaryen’s get what they want.
Their words are “Fire and blood.”
In the HBO series, Daenerys Targaryen says, “I will take what is mine with fire and blood.”
Catchy. Someone should put that on a t-shirt.
And that’s where the problem lies. Professor Schmidt posted this photo of his daughter on Google+:
Clearly he intends to commit a mass shooting with an AK-47.
At least, that’s what they told him at a meeting where he was suspended:
At the meeting, Schmidt explained the shirt in the context of Game of Thrones and showed Miller that the “fire and blood” tagline has 4 million results on Google. The professor asked why his photo had caused such a reaction, and was told that “fire” could be a metaphor for “AK-47s.” Schmidt was placed on administrative leave without pay later that week, and told he would have to pass a psychiatric evaluation before he could return.
It’s easy to assume this is idiocy. However, it’s possible there’s politics at play here:
The head of the school’s administration had just been delivered a vote of no confidence by the staff, including Schmidt, who had also filed a grievance recently for being denied a request for a sabbatical.
Way to totally show why they should have confidence in you.
I’m sure they are all behind you now.
Either way, this is a boat load of military grade stupidity right there.