We’ve gone mad. Inundated with political correctness we’ve lost all sense of reason. There is no balance. There is no thoughtful action. Sweeping en mass indoctrination and hysteria at the highest level has pulled the plug on every bit of common sense left in our schools. Every day there is another story of a paranoia like overreaction by some school administration and a small child who either brought a squirt gun to school, had the audacity to draw a picture of a squirt gun or gnaw his little pop tart into the shape of a gun. This action apparently doesn’t even deserve a warning (albeit even that is ridiculous) but instead Little Timmy must be immediately disarmed, cornered, handcuffed and suspended.
Think I’m exaggerating? Take a gander:
A 7-year-old Anne Arundel County boy was suspended for two days for chewing a breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun and saying, “Bang, bang”— an offense the school described as a threat to other students, according to his family.
The pastry “gun” was a rectangular strawberry-filled bar, akin to a Pop-Tart, that the second-grader had tried to nibble into the shape of a mountain Friday morning, but then found it looked more like a gun, said his father, William “B.J.” Welch.
The real crime of course was the “strawberry filled bar”. Everyone knows that the cinnamon ones are the best. Need more?
Most schools these days have a zero tolerance policy towards weapons of any kind, including toys that represent weapons. These policies are generally communicated to the parents at the start of the school year. Unfortunately, not everyone pays attention. Six-year-old Tawann Caskey apparently didn’t get the message and he’s paying the price with a 10-day suspension.
Tawann brought an orange, 2-inch squirt gun to Milton Moore Elementary School in Kansas City, Missouri. According to School District policy, the squirt gun is a simulated weapon and comes with an automatic 10-day suspension. Principals have no discretion in cases like these. Phyllis Budesheim, and administrator with the school district, explained “We ask our principals for safety of students and staff, and we do follow the code of conduct and do not give exceptions to Class IV offenses. We take it very seriously.”
Thank you Milton Moore Elementary for protecting your kids from a deadly stream of water. Here’s another recent example:
Actor, entrepreneur, and writer Joseph C. Phillips, best known for his roles as Martin Kendall on “The Cosby Show” and Justus Ward on “General Hospital,” says his son’s school threatened police action after the student showed his friends a picture of his new BB gun. They also reportedly questioned his “mental state.”
Phillips explained for radio host Tony Katz on Saturday that California social studies teacher James DeLarme was walking by when he saw Phillips’ son and his friends looking at the picture. The 15-year-old has been working part time and chose to buy the Airsoft BB gun with his earnings, his dad said, and wanted to show his new purchase to his friends.
The teacher “snatched” the camera out of his hands, and when the teen asked when he would get it back, the teacher reportedly responded: “That’s for the police to decide.”….
The teacher then allegedly took the camera to another teacher, who said she was “disturbed” by the image. After scrolling through the entire memory and returning the camera, the teachers began to question the “mental state” of Phillips’ son, he said.
Even in the great state of Texas we aren’t immune to it. Although, typically we’ve been known to have better sense. My own middle school son was given the assignment to create a project at school. He wanted to create one regarding one of his favorite pastimes with his friends- airsoft wars. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, airsoft guns are play guns that shoot tiny plastic balls. Hard enough to sting a bit on bare skin but definitely not enough to deter them from playing “war” and shooting each other for hours- much like little boys have done for centuries. And this mom is fine with it as long as you protect your eyes, other people’s property and you don’t come home crying if it hurts!
To my surprise, as with this new state of mind in our public schools, his teacher approved the project! My respect went up a few notches and I mentally cheered a teacher for having a rational thought. However, when it came down to actually creating it, yesterday he came home and informed me that each picture he wanted to print out for his poster had to be submitted to the Vice Principle for approval and if an airsoft gun was in the picture it was off limits. And a little baggie of those tiny plastic balls for the poster? No way! That’s considered firearm ammunition. So– good luck creating that project. Should be a lot of free space on that poster. My husband and I rolled our eyes to each other across the room and decided this was a field our son would have to learn to navigate on his own. He’s getting his first little taste of liberal hysteria and the political correctness that is killing our country.