As the American gun control debate trudges on, it seems America’s educators have been co-opted into a campaign to socially engineer students into believing that even the mention of the word “gun” is cause for pants-wetting terror.
School officials throughout the country are entrusted to pump knowledge into the still-soft heads of America’s youth. But many Americans are likely questioning whether it is an effort to indoctrinate or simply a complete lack of common sense that has led to the following reports of children getting into trouble at school for doing nothing beyond being children.
School officials in Montgomery County, Md., suspended 6-year-old Rodney Lynch from school last month for making a gun gesture with his fingers and saying the word “pow.” The seriousness of his transgression was amplified because he dared do it twice.
From CBS Baltimore:
“Just pointing your fingers like this and then she did the pow sound and I just went like that and then I got sent to the office again,” Lynch said.
The school reversed its decision after Rodney’s parents appealed.
“They’re saying he threatened a student, threatened to shoot a student. He was playing,” said Rodney’s father, Rodney Lynch Sr.
Two other 6-year-old boys were later suspended from Talbot County school in the same State while playing cops and robbers during recess and using their fingers to make an imaginary gun.
In Massachusetts, 5-year-old Joseph Cardosa got in hot water for building a not-so-deadly Lego gun.
From My Fox Boston:
Joseph’s parents, Shelia Cruz and Octavio Cardosa, say the school is taking things too far.
“It’s not like he’s designing a machine gun,” said Cardosa.
“I can understand with all the things that are going on right now in schools, but on the other hand, kids are taught you know ‘here’s a squirt gun, this is fun,’ so this is fun to him, you know what I mean, he’s running around playing – a little bit of re-direction would have been enough,” said Cruz, Joseph’s mother.
Philadelphia fifth grader Melody Valentin was yelled at and searched by school officials for having a piece of paper on her that sort of looked like a gun.
In South Carolina, 6-year-old Naomi McKinney’s parents were told last month that if she’s caught on school grounds, she’ll be “subject to the criminal charge of trespassing.” She was expelled for bringing a plastic toy gun to her kindergarten class.
A 5-year-old kindergartner has been allowed to go back to class at her central Pennsylvania school after being suspended for telling another girl about a pink toy gun that blows soapy bubbles.
In December, State police in Pennsylvania investigated a report of a 13-year-old Tamaqua Middle School seventh grade student who made a gun gesture with his fingers while pointing at fellow students. The police charged the boy with disorderly conduct and he was suspended.
Arizona high school freshman Daniel McClaine Jr. simply had a picture of an AK-47 and a flag as the background for his school-issued laptop. His teacher freaked out and he was suspended. After his parents confronted school officials, he was allowed to return to classes.
Police arrested 10-year-old boy in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday and charged him with brandishing a weapon for bringing a replica silver handgun with a black handle and orange tip. He was taken to a juvenile detention center and will likely be expelled from school.