This takes zero tolerance stupidity to a new level.
I mean, there’s first level stupidity, and then there’s Epic Level.
This is Epic Level:
Bruce Henkelman of Huntingtown says his son, a sixth grader at Northern Middle School in Owings, was talking with friends about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre when the bus driver hauled him back to school to be questioned by the principal, Darrel Prioleau.
“The principal told me that with what happened at Sandy Hook if you say the word ‘gun’ in my school you are going to get suspended for 10 days,” Henkelman said in an interview with WMAL.com.
So what did the kid say that was worth getting the sheriff involved.
Oh, did I forget to mention that? Yeah, they called the sheriff. We’ll get to that in a minute.
First, the kid’s offending comment. Surely it was something like
Nope. He said he wished he was there with a gun so he could protect all those children.
“He wanted to defeat the bad guys. That’s the context of what he said,” Henkelman said. “He wanted to be the hero.”
Now, about that sheriff:
The boy was questioned by the principal and a sheriff’s deputy, who also wanted to search the family home without a warrant, Henkelman said. “He started asking me questions about if I have firearms, and [the deputy said] he’s going to have to search my house. Search my house? I just wanted to know what happened.”
No search was performed, and the deputy left Henkelman’s home after the father answered questions in a four-page questionnaire issued by the Sheriff’s Office.
I thought about adding some Barney Fife reference with a gif, but this is really quite serious.
We have an officer of the law wanting to search a private citizens house because his son wanted to save children from a gunman.
Now, the kicker?
“There has to be some violation within the code of conduct that would trigger some type of consequence or intervention,” said Welsh, who said the county school system does not have a zero tolerance policy.
Yeah. If this guy over-reacts like this when a kid talks about saving people, can you imagine the reaction to an actual threat?
Hopefully someone at the school has some sense and this removes this guy from a position of authority.