Sunday, March 3, 2013

Over The Top: School Suspensions for imaginary guns

There is no doubt that guns and bb guns and so forth are being brought to school.  And students who do such a thing should be suspended.

But beyond that, the world of education has taken things a bit too far.  It's one thing to be intolerant of guns.  A good argument could be made that even "playing army" or "cops and robbers" at school should not be tolerated.  But educators ( and I use this term rather loosely nowadays) have taken this just a bit too far.

I'm going to start following this from this point just to show how the public school system has become dysfunctional in this regard.  I begin to wonder how far they would take this.  For instance, if a child should admit that he was daydreaming about going hunting with his dad, would the administrators boot him out of the school??

There is no sense of....measure.  And I don't think we understand how bad this has gotten.

So, here's the first article that I think sums up the situation rather succinctly:
On Friday, seven year old Josh Welch found himself suspended from school for two days. The reason? Welch, a second-grade student at Park Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., chewed a breakfast pastry in the general shape of a gun, Fox 45 reported.

Originally, Welch was trying to make the pastry look like a mountain, but that didn't work out too well.

"All I was trying to do was turn it into a mountain but, it didn't look like a mountain really and it turned out to be a gun kinda," he said.

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