In Michigan, Schall Elementary School principal Susan Wright defended the latest example of attempted public school thought-control prompted by Sandy Hook hysteria, the seizing of 30 plastic toy soldiers (you’ll recall them as among the heroes in “Toy Story”) that the mother of a 9-year-old boy had placed on his home-made birthday cupcakes. She said in a statement,
“These are toys that were commonplace in the past. However, some parents prohibit all guns as toys. In light of that difference, the school offered to replace the soldiers with another item and the soldiers were returned home with the student. Living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions. In the climate of recent events in schools we walk a delicate balance in teaching non-violence in our buildings and trying to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere.”
I will come to the point with uncharacteristic economy. Ms. Wright is a disgrace to her profession, a fearful, compliant, incompetent fool who is a danger to the development of the young minds placed in her charge. Let’s consider her outrageous “defense”:
- “These are toys that were commonplace in the past.”
That’s right, because they are toys, and toys that allow kids to play at war games, and history-based games at that. Chess is a war game too. It is all about imagination, which is critical in the development of strong young minds. The existence of toy soldiers has not damaged civilization, and has provided a great deal of recreation, education and fun along the way. They have earned a cultural pass. Back off!
- “However, some parents prohibit all guns as toys.”
Bully for them. Some parents are fearful idiots, and want to raise a new generation of fearful idiots. The fact that some parents are terrified of toy guns, which never have killed or wounded anyone, is irrelevant to the issue of whether a school should prohibit decorative toy soldiers which are not “toy guns.” “Some parents” have no right to dictate what other parents permit. Some parents don’t have any business imposing their silly phobias on other parents’ children, and competent, responsible administrators should not allow them to do so.
- In light of that difference, the school offered to replace the soldiers with another item and the soldiers were returned home with the student.
What “difference”? Where does the school get the authority to not only enforce conformity of thought, but political thought? The absurd horror of toys with any reference to guns or warfare is not a majority attitude, or even a rational attitude, but a hysterical, fear-driven position that is calculated to imprint the values of unilateral disarmament, pacifism, hatred of the military, and opposition to the Second Amendment in children and the U.S. culture. The school may not, on its own authority, take steps to indoctrinate children with these ideas. If parents are determined to do so, they have the right to make their children fearful of tiny green plastic men and their even tinier fake guns. The schools don’t have any right or authority, and must not, ape those attitudes and promote those goals.
- “Living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions.”
Then respect them, you hypocritical fool. When you take the soldiers away, you are disrespecting the opinions that there is nothing wrong with toy guns (there isn’t), nothing wrong with toy soldiers (there is not) and nothing in the least bit dangerous about allowing plastic models of Audie Murphy and my father stand on cupcakes, which is so obvious that not comprehending it should be grounds for sending you and the teacher involved directly to Starbucks job training.
- In the climate of recent events in schools we walk a delicate balance in teaching non-violence in our buildings and trying to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere.”
No, you don’t. There is no “delicate balance” in allowing cake decorations that honor World War II American soldiers appear in class. What’s delicate about it? You get to teach non-violence to the extent that you tell kids not to beat up each other on the playground. You don’t get to teach lies like “toys are dangerous,” “soldiers are bad,” and “you are bad if you like guns.” Nor do cupcakes with green inanimate soldiers on top in any way threaten “a safe, peaceful atmosphere.” Do you think they do, Ms. Wright? Then you are a hysteric. Your reasoning faculties have been obliterated by Post Sandy Hook Stress Syndrome, and you need help. But you are no longer qualified to oversee an educational institution.
This final note regarding the news media: I will surely receive complaints that I was trolling the “conservative media” for this story. Indeed, only CBS among the mainstream media is reporting the cupcake story at this point. With that, you have the smoking gun (RUUUUUUNNNNN, Ms. Wright!) of news media bias and its despicable agenda-driven selectivity in news reporting. This is a bad story, and a significant story. This is a story that shows how deeply and irresponsibly some school administrators want to control how the future generation thinks, and the lengths they will go to accomplish their political ends. If only right-leaning media like Fox, the Examiner and the Daily Caller will report a story like this, then that shows exactly why they are doing the nation a service, why they are necessary, and how miserably the rest of the news media is doing its job. It doesn’t like guns, you see, so anti-gun insanity seems benign to them. But it isn’t benign, and neither is their passive endorsement of indoctrination in the schools.