This, was a close one:
A Suffolk school suspended a second grader for pointing a pencil at another student and making gun noises.
Seven-year-old Christopher Marshall says he was playing with another student in class Friday, when the teacher at Driver Elementary asked them to stop pointing pencils at each other.
“When I asked him about it, he said, ‘Well I was being a Marine and the other guy was being a bad guy,'” said Paul Marshall, the boy’s father. “It’s as simple as that.”
It’s possible this confused school administration, as liberals tend to see the military as the bad guys.
Here comes the logic:[pull]”A pencil is a weapon when it is pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made.” – Bethanne Bradshaw, a spokesperson for Suffolk Public Schools. [/pull]
“A pencil is a weapon when it is pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made,” said Bethanne Bradshaw, a spokesperson for Suffolk Public Schools.
The Suffolk school system has a “zero tolerance policy” when it comes to weapons. And, Bradshaw admits, that policy has tightened up in recent years because of widely publicized school shootings.
“Some children would consider it threatening, who are scared about shootings in schools or shootings in the community,” said Bradshaw. “Kids don’t think about ‘Cowboys and Indians’ anymore, they think about drive-by shootings and murders and everything they see on television news every day.”
Yeah, because of kids sitting down and digesting the nightly news, they are terrified of pencils.
When they see this:
Suddenly, they think they’re looking down the barrel of a gun.
Speaking of which:
So now the logic isn’t so much that the zero
common sense tolerance policies are tying the hands of the faculty, but that the children really are traumatized by the television news.
At some point, we may have to consider whether the anti-gun hysteria is actually doing more harm than good to students.
Let me amend that a bit:
At some point, we may have to consider whether the
anti-gun hysteriapublic school system is actually doing more harm than good to students.
I think yes on both.
What say you?