Weird Tales Of “The Great Stupid”: Another Kid Is Suspended Because A Teacher Saw A BB Gun In His Home

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What are normal, reasonable people who are concerned about the shrinking liberties around them to do?

(I don’t have an answer right now, but that is the urgent question episodes like the ones described in this post raise.)

In 2020, I’ve written about two head-exploding stories involving innocent children forced by their school’s hysteria over the Wuhan virus to allow Big Brother’s eyes into their homes, and who found themselves being demonized and punished because of the completely legal and harmless items a teacher saw there.

First there was the asinine June incident in Baltimore County Maryland, where a 5th grade teacher at the Seneca School saw a BB gun hanging on the wall in an 11-year-old student’s bedroom. She took a screenshot of the child’s room, then notified the principal, who alerted the school safety officer, who called the police. They, in turn, made an unannounced visit to the student’s home.

At least they didn’t kneel on his neck. “I feel like parents need to be made aware of what the implications are, what the expectations are,” the child’s mother, a military veteran, told reporters. “No,” Ethics Alarms concluded, “Parents need to tell schools, administrators and teachers, what parents will tolerate, and the public education system needs a thorough upgrade and overhaul.”

Then, in September, we discussed an even more ridiculous episode. Colorado seventh grader Isaiah Elliott was attending on online art class when a teacher spied Isaiah’s  toy gun, a neon green and black plastic “weapon” with an orange tip and the words “Zombie Hunter” printed on the side. The teacher notified the school principal, and the school called the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, which conducted a welfare check on the boy without calling his parents first. Isaiah, meanwhile, was suspended for five days. The conclusion here on that fiasco:

“The teacher should be fired and the principal should be fired. Isiah’s parents appear to be raising  hell. Good.  They would be terrible and irresponsible parents if they didn’t. There is an ethical  duty to confront this creeping state child abuse and indoctrination.”

I wish I had the time to check on the final outcome of these stories.

We do know the outcome so far of this story, of the same revolting genre, that I missed in September. Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish Public Schools suspended Ka’Mauri Harrison, a 4th grader, for six days because he briefly allowed his BB gun to appear on his screen during a Zoom class. The boy explained that he was moving the BB gun so his brother didn’t trip on it when his teacher saw it on her screen. The school system refuses to remove the suspension from his record, even though a new law, named in Ka’Mauri’s honor, was passed to prevent such abuses by schools from happening to other students.

The absurd position of the school district remains that Ku’Mauri brought a real gun to school, because his teacher thought he had brought a gun to school, even though 1) the Harrison home is not “school,” and 2) thinking a BB gun is a real gun doesn’t make it one. During the hearing on the incident, school Board member Simeon Dickerson, a former teacher, asked Nyron Harrison, Ku’Mauri’s father, to “think of how the teacher felt” seeing a gun on her computer screen.

“I know what a BB gun looks like. And you know what it resembles? A real gun. OK? It resembles a real gun,” Dickerson said.

My response would have been a terse, “So what? I don’t care what it resembled: what is legally in my home is none of your teachers’ business. Did the teacher think my son was a threat to use his BB gun to attack the  other students and the teacher right through the computer? Is that what she “felt”? The teacher is the one with the problem, and schools shouldn’t be hiring hysterics.”

At the time, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican, used the incident to condemn”blatant government overreach by the school system.”I have begun investigating this matter and plan to take action in defense of this young man and his family and all families who could suffer the same invasion of their homes and constitutional rights,” Landry announced. Good sound bite! It’s three months later, and nothing has happened to undo the damage to Ku’Mauri’ Harrison. Of course, the election is over, so there’s no rush.

8 thoughts on “Weird Tales Of “The Great Stupid”: Another Kid Is Suspended Because A Teacher Saw A BB Gun In His Home

  1. In just the past couple of years I have gone from “a kid of mine could handle public school, we’ll see how it goes” to “leaning towards homeschool” towards “homeschool no matter what it takes, and let’s go ahead and start looking at options even though our kid is 3.”

    Everyone with the means (and it’s not as hard as you’d think with so many creative options out there) needs to yank their kid out of public school, yesterday. And support churches, nonprofits, and companies that can make not-public school accessible to low-income or single parents.

    We aren’t even sacrificing anything. Kids outside of public schools are getting superior educations, better social development, life-training more in line with what they’ll experience in the real world, lower risk of sexual abuse or harassment by adult faculty (yes, you are statistically safer in Catholic school than public school,) less exposure to gangs, drugs, fights, etc…I could go on. Here is a situation where “we have nothing to lose but our chains” is really appropriate.

    And we need to take those alternative schools in the exact opposite direction from their state-run counterparts. Classical education. Mandatory civics. Never mind just prayer in school; there should be mid-afternoon church if enough people want it. Field trips to the firing range. Gender-segregated locker rooms; all kinds of crazy haram normalcy. The big-money campaign against home, charter, and private schools can’t succeed if half of America skips public school, and that half is glaringly better off in every conceivable way.

    • “There is no accountability in the public school system- except for coaches. You know what happens to a losing coach. You fire him. A losing teacher can go on losing for 30 years and then go to glory.”
      ~H. Ross Perot

  2. What are normal, reasonable people who are concerned about the shrinking liberties around them to do?

    (I don’t have an answer right now, but that is the urgent question episodes like the ones described in this post raise.)

    Protest.

    Which begs the question of why there are not mass protests over this yet?

    • There’s no organization to support mass protests. The offenses are against random individuals who – rightly – just want to get on with their business. We have to organize so that any offense triggers a common defense, and eventually to take back ground that’s already been ceded.

      There’s a John Adams quote about how he…

  3. These incidents are so screwed up. What about the very real possibility that another member of the family might be holstered and walking around the house in the background? Does that get a student in trouble too? If I go work on my firearms while visible in my daughter’s camera, is that a problem? What if I’m a law enforcement officer? What if I’m a detective who’s on the way out the door and I lean in to kiss my daughter on the head? What if my badge is on my belt and visible? What if it’s not? Which of these situations will take into account the teacher’s feelings and which ones will tell the teacher to grow up and grow a spine? Why?

  4. People need to be lined up out the door at school board meetings to make clear to administrators that we demand teachers display a certain minimum ability to reason and function as an adult. They need to come up to the microphone one by one and make clear, without mincing words, that a person who cannot distinguish between what’s in a student’s home and what he brings to school, or who acts as if what they see on-screen is the same as what’s actually happening in the same room, is unfit to teach children. They are unfit to have children. They are unfit to walk free in society without a responsible adult minder. The administrators who enable them need to be made to understand, through overwhelming public commentary, that they are not the educated and respected leaders of the community, that their views are much more akin to somebody who argues loudly with invisible people while reeking of stale urine.

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