All sane and compassionate adults, tax-payer, responsible citizens and elected officials should adopt this “no-tolerance policy”:
“School officials and teachers who engage in child abuse, hysterical over-reactions and otherwise indefensible punitive measures against children who talk about guns, show pictures of guns, wear T-shirts with guns, use their fingers as guns, form objects that vaguely look like guns, or display obvious toys of any size and material that nobody who has ever watched TV or a movie or traveled among the living could conceivably think was dangerous or a real gun, will not be tolerated, not even once. They will be fired, shunned, and forbidden to engage in any occupation that will give them power or authority over children, anywhere, forever. And school board members, administrators, elected officials or parents supporting such fools will also not be tolerated. Their indefensible opinions will go on their permanent record, creating a prima facie case for any future employer that they are, in fact, too silly to be trusted.”
Is that too harsh? I don’t think so. After all, I just removed the provision that says that any school housing such teachers or officials should be closed down and converted into a shooting range. I can’t stand any more of these stories. Anyone who can read them and blithely send their kids to be “educated’ by such utter dolts and hysterics should be investigated for child cruelty themselves. Who knows what other irresponsible things such parents might be doing?
“A kindergartner who brought a cowboy-style cap gun onto his Calvert County school bus was suspended for 10 days after showing a friend the orange-tipped toy, which he had tucked inside his backpack on his way to school, according to his family and a lawyer. The child was questioned for more than two hours before his mother was called, she said, adding that he uncharacteristically wet his pants during the episode.”
I would include more of the story, but just that much gave me a headache.
Why, you may ask, does this story, involving a cap gun, but at least a gun and not a pastry, make me angrier than the pizza-gun, or the pop tart-gun, or the finger gun, or the LEGO gun? Part of the reason is cumulative: why haven’t the townspeople yet lit torches and pitchforks and stormed the castle over this madness? Why are these stories buried on ethics blogs and “News of the Weird”? This is child abuse. This is proof positive that our children’s education is in the hands of untrustworthy, unprofessional, really, really dumb people. This is attempted indoctrination by government agents—making the association with guns so unpleasant that the next generation is bound to be phobic about guns, ready to repeal the Second Amendment, and quick to pledge fealty to whatever foreign invader first claims out shores—anything to avoid using those scary guns. Why is this still happening?
The rest of my outrage is that the cap gun had an orange tip, as the law requires. It had a virtual sign on it, therefore, that said, “This isn’t real. This is a toy.” Yet these bullies and cretins in Calvert County still interrogated a five-year old as if he had just planted a bomb at the Boston Marathon until he wet himself out of fear and stress! Why doesn’t that get them arrested? Why aren’t the citizens of the County marching on that school right now?
The story says that the abused child’s parent is supportive of the school. She’s a fool too. This is herding behavior. If this kind of abuse doesn’t convince her that the public schools in her county need to be cleared of every breathing administrator, then she is responsible for whatever the next set of horrors her children will endure at the hands of such incompetents from here on.
I know, I know. This is turning into a rant. But I have tried reason with this issue, this persistent misconduct, and nothing changes. I want to know how bad child abuse, indoctrination, cruelty and hysteria in the schools has to get before responsible citizens stop being “tolerant.”
Facts: Washington Post