The age of crackpot zero tolerance nonsense needs to come to an end.
As a child, I played cops and mobsters, cowboys and Indians and army vs army. If I was a child today I probably would have been locked up on someone’s terrorism watch list as would most of us over the age of 25.
What has led me to this belief? Because the Imagination Nazis are out in force, goosestepping all over imagination and childhood play. Banning toy guns apparently isn’t good enough for some “educators” like the South Eastern School District in Pennsylvania.
With a motto like that is it any wonder that the powers that be suspended a 10 year old boy, Johnny Jones, for pantomiming a bow and arrow?
According to the Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties organization:
Jones was in the front of his fifth grade classroom on Oct. 14, when fellow student playfully rolled a folder into a tube and acted like he fired a shot at Jones. Jones, in turn, pulled out a pretend bow and arrow and acted like he discharged a bow. One classmate saw the exchange and informed a teacher. The teacher took the students into the hallway and the school’s principal contacted Jones’ mother.
First of all, that other classmate should be shunned for being some brown nosing twerp who ratted out their classmates over NOTHING.
If the kids in question were disrupting the class and being a nuisance and were being disciplined for that, that is one thing. For a playful action between two friends that took no more than a few seconds that the teacher did not even witness, they are suspending the boys and threatening expulsion.
The statement from Rutherford Institute explains that Principal John Horton told Mrs. Jones, that under the new weapons policy her son’s actions could justifiably lead to his expulsion. Horton characterized Johnny’s actions as “making a threat” to another student using a “replica or representation of a firearm”.
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