Nicholas Taylor is 10-years-old and attends David Youree Elementary School in Smyrna, Tenn., 30 miles southeast of Nashville. He is currently serving a week-long sentence at “the quiet table” during lunch time and has had to endure gun safety lectures. What was his terrible offense?
He “threatened” other students at his lunch table with a piece of pizza that was shaped vaguely like a gun because of the bites that had been taken out of it. Yes, some pathetic, parent and culture-warped weenie of a fellow student complained to a teacher that Nick was making “threatening gestures” with his partially-eaten pizza-gun. Taylor denied it. That meant he was lying. More punishment.
Your Ethics Quiz Question—and you better not get this one wrong!—is : Can political correctness “no-tolerance” idiocy in the schools get any worse than punishing a child for the shape of his pizza slice?
“I realize some might say we are going overboard,” said James Evans, the Rutherford County School District rep, “but the principal is just trying to use an abundance of caution and send the message that we don’t play about guns and it’s not something we joke around about.”
But…but…but…<Sputter! Sputter!> WHAT? ARE YOU INSANE? IS EVERYONE IN THE ENTIRE DISTRICT INSANE?????
1. Some might “say” you are going overboard? Punishing a child for the shape of his pizza slice is beyond overboard…it is outrageous irrational over-reaction unhinged to common sense and reality, combined with politically correct zealotry grafted to incompetence, stupidity and paranoia.
2. “An abundance of caution?” Caution about what? Pizza attacks? Nascent food fights? Fear that a student’s believe that school is run by respectable adults rather than fools, hysterics and dolts lasts past the 5th grade? I’ll say it’s an “abundance of caution”—caution about completely harmless behavior that is unrelated to any conceivable real world threat is always “an abundance”—in fact, it is called “excessive to the point of absurdity.”
3. Joke? Joke? Is anything more of a joke than behaving as if a pizza in the shape of a gun is a gun, emulates a gun, creates the threat of a gun or suggests that its user is likely to use a real gun? Is there anything sillier than being afraid of a pizza? The notion of an offense is a joke; the principal is a joke; the school is a joke; the attempted justification is a joke.
Yes, this is worse that the student of a few years ago who was punished for making a “gun” with his fingers. This is the Apocalypse, the bottom of the barrel. This disgraces teachers, schools, administrators, the U.S. educational system, America and the human race. Incompetence, unfairness, abuse of power, irresponsible behavior and stupidity, all flowing from a system that has lost its way and is in despair. We are officially in the Twilight Zone, Bizarro World, Cloud Cuckoo Land, and Oz, all to the detriment of our poor students, needing an education, and encountering only rigidity, cowardice and foolishness.
OK, now THAT was overboard.
But not by much!