The headline loudly proclaimed, “Kindergartener suspended 10 days for nerf, toy gun!” I couldn’t believe what I was reading. A 5-year old kid suspended for 10 DAYS for bringing a Nerf gun to class. I don’t know about you all, but I remember bringing my cool little, six-shooting capgun to school when I was a kid. We used to play cowboys and Indians in the courtyard.
Monday, Oct 8, 2012, Katie Sanders, principal of Duchesne Elementary sent a letter home informing parents of the incident. In her letter she said, “providing a safe environment that allows children to learn is our first priority. Please take this opportunity to remind your children that no weapons of any kind are allowed on school property and encourage them to report unsafe situations.”
Let’s face some reality here. Suspending a 5-year old for any amount of time has ZERO to do with safety. It has ZERO to do with preventing a child from learning. It has EVERYTHING to do with brainwashing our youth into thinking that guns are bad. They are obviously being taught from day one in Kindergarten that guns do nothing to ensure the safety of society, in spite of the opposite.
It wasn’t that long ago that kids used to be able to drive their pick-ups to class with a deer rifle and/or a shotgun hanging in the window and not a single eyelash was batted about it. These days, you can’t even draw a picture of a gun without getting into trouble.
The kid that drew the picture above earned himself a one-day suspension.
Kyle Walker, 7, was suspended last week for violating Dennis Township Primary School’s zero-tolerance policy on guns, the boy’s mother, Shirley McDevitt, told The Press of Atlantic City.
Kyle gave the picture to another child on the school bus, and that child’s parents complained about it to school officials, McDevitt said. Her son told her the drawing was of a water gun, she said.
A photocopy of the picture provided by McDevitt showed two stick figures with one pointing a crude-looking gun at the other, the newspaper said. What appeared to be the word “me” was written above the shooter, with another name scribbled above the other figure.
And these ignorant policies aren’t just happening in liberal, hippy-loving northern cities in Missouri or New Jersey. In Arizona, a 13-year old was suspended for thre days for drawing this crappy rendition of a sideways building with a trigger.
Chandler district spokesman Terry Locke said the crude sketch was “absolutely considered a threat,” and that threatening words or pictures are punishable.
Even to those idiots that would consider a Nerf gun in class to somehow being akin to a weapon of mass destruction, no moderately educated adult with at least a 2nd grade education can claim that a DRAWING of a gun threatening. I would have had to be home-schooled if these policies were in place when I was a kid. I drew some pretty awesome guns when I was younger. Anyone that considers such a drawing as “absolutely considered a threat” definitely doesn’t need to be teaching kids because they’re morons.
Where are these schools drawing the line? Are they suspending kids for drawing a tank? A fighter jet? Those are both weapons.
The gun control lobby has successfully created a stigma about guns in our children through the indoctrination/brainwashing of the public education system. What we SHOULD be teaching kids about is gun safety. Proper trigger squeeze and aiming techniques would go a long way to creating a polite society knowing that each and every child is educated about personal defense measures so they don’t one day become a victim.
This same lobby is responsible for all the “gun-free zones” that schools have become. Because we all know that putting up a sign and writing a law banning guns from schools works so well. Can you imagine how much worse Columbine, Virginia Tech, and other school shootings would have been if there was NO law against guns on campus? /snark
These cockamamie (look it up, it’s a word) schemes have contributed to the downfall of our society. We’ve turned even 5-year old children in potential felons. These “zero tolerance” should be properly labeled “zero brained” policies. I get not wanting children to have REAL guns on campus. I understand that. But, when a kid brings in a plastic, bright orange and yellow gun that shoots sponges, all the administration needs to do is call the parents and explain that they shouldn’t be bringing toys to school. Crap, I remember bringing worse stuff to “show and tell” days at school. They probably don’t do those anymore.