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School Officials Still Acting Stupid About Child’s Play

March 10, 2013 by  

It seems the headlines about educators in the United States that are terrified of children’s toys are never going to end. An elementary school principal in Caro, Mich., forced a 9-year-old boy to remove the green toy soldiers he used to decorate birthday cupcakes for his classmates because they are “insensitive” and could promote violence.

When the third-grader arrived at school with the cupcakes, administrators confiscated the toy soldiers and called the child’s mother to inform her that the toys were insensitive following the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Principal Susan Wright released the following statement:

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. On one hand, there are those who advocate arming teachers, having armed security guards and creating a fortress of defense in our schools. On the other hand, there are those who feel that guns create fear in schools and we need to put solid security measures in place  plus practice routines to be prepared in case an emergency should ever occur. Living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions.

Recently, a third grade boy brought cupcakes to school with plastic soldiers carrying weapons atop each one. 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.

In hindsight, one can always second guess a course of action. Schools walk a tightrope on many topics. By not permitting toy soldiers on cupcakes at school, no disrespect for our military or for the brave men and women who defend our right to have differences was intended. Our commitment is always to our children and creating a safe place for them to learn, grow and have respectful dialogues about their differences.

This is the most recent in a string of stories about school administrators throwing common sense out the window due to knee-jerk gun hysteria that swept across the Nation following the mass shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

Last week, a 7-year-old elementary student was suspended for two days after fashioning a deadly firearm out of a breakfast pastry.

 

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • JimH

    Would toy race cars make students reckless drivers?

    • http://www.facebook.com/chris.ericksen.12 Chris Ericksen

      Jim H makes an excellent point as well as an excellent analogy

  • http://www.facebook.com/mdoucetharville Merlyn Doucet Harville

    Is the world going crazy..??? It’s not child’s play that makes criminals. It’s parenting or lack thereof.. It seems that our educators are the most stupid people and we leave our precious little ones with them..

  • Nancy Whitfield

    WOW….I’m seriously more fearful of our increasingly radical movement to remove all kinds of liberties. They are much more dangerous than toy soldiers, pop tarts and playing shoot em up with nothing but fingers/ hands. Parents are and should be responsible enough to teach their children right and wrong. Not our over zealous school system, state and federal governments, etc. I am fed up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brenda.taylor.18 Brenda Taylor

    Yea,next, they will be arresting our kids out of our yards for playin cops and robbers!!!!!!! This is so pathetic and to wonder why more and more people want to homeschool their own kids…..First you couldn’t send treats cuz it’ll make the kids fat and now you cant even eat the food your allowed to have cuz you might somehow make it look like a weapon in someone elses eyes!!! Just sad!!!!

  • Toy

    There is something extremely fishy about the Sandy Hook incident.
    It all goes to support the Gun Grab by this criminal government.
    Check out Google or Youtube!

  • http://yahoo.com GeoNotes

    In training as an LPN, & as a ministerial student psychology classes were required. As an educational student, I know that these education administrators were required to study childhood development &psychology. Now, the perpetrators of these heinous shooting crimes were all adults with mental disorders. It is NOT within a reasonable adults intelligence to assign those thought processes of the shooters to the mentality of these innocent children. It is both bad judgment & wrong for these administrators to do so. Something needs to be done to prohibit their unreasonable actions against innocent children.

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