Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Now This Is Getting Ridiculous: 7 Year Old Boy Suspended From School For Pretending A Pencil Is A Gun!

I have been struggling the last while to understand how our world has slid down the slippery slope to insanity... This is especially true in our modern so called "education system" and the absolutely ridiculous policies of "zero tolerance"... What the hell has happened to having children be children...

That is why I found this one particular story absolutely ridiculous and disturbing... According to this article, from the website: News Forage, at www.newsforage.com, it appears that a 7 year old boy was just recently suspended from a school for, believe it or not, pretending a pencil was a gun!   Here is that article for everyone to see for themselves, and I do have my usual thoughts and comments to follow:

7 year old boy suspended from school for pretending a pencil was a gun

News sources on Tuesday are reporting that a Suffolk seven-year-old was suspended from school for two days for pretending a pencil was a gun.
Christopher Marshall apologized for the incident, but with the school having a zero tolerance policy when it comes to weapons or the threat of a weapon, he was suspended anyway.
The father, Paul Marshall is furious. "Enough is enough. I mean, where will we draw the line?" said Marshall. " I mean, a pencil. Was it sharpened? Was it not? Was it a No. 2? What's the big deal?"
Many people are siding with Marshall. While the school insists that a pencil could be construed to be a weapon, especially pointed at someone in a threatening way, does it warrant suspending a little boy for play-acting?Schools are over-reacting, according to many parents, and the headlines are backing them up. In March, a 7-year-old boy in Marylandwas suspended for nibbling a pastry into the shape of a handgun.
In December of last year, a Maryland first grader was suspended for pointing his finger like a gun while playing at school and saying "pow." The incident took place a week after the Newtown, Conn. school shootings.
It took the efforts of an attorney to get the incident expunged from the boys permanent school record. The principal later rescinded the suspension.
The reactionary attitudes being displayed by our schools has many people wondering if the zero tolerance policies are doing more harm than good. One official pointed out that children don't play "cowboys and Indians" any more.
Children today see and hear about drive-by and school shootings, and this is all they know. Life is not a movie where the good guys wear white hats and the bad guys wear black hats. Those days are gone forever.
Even with the stark reality of the gun culture we have today, we still have violent crime to contend with. It is no wonder school officials are on edge. But even so, a little discretion with little children play-acting may be needed.

NTS Notes:  Yes, the world has now indeed gone coo coo.... A child waving a pencil and he gets suspended for it being a weapon? 

Why does this incident remind me of the famous "Monty Python" skit about students attacking a teacher with loaded fruits, and vegetables?   For laughs, here is that skit:

I could not imagine being attacked with a loaded pencil.... It must have been a #2 definitely!

The ridiculousness of our society continues unabated.. When will it all end?

More to come


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