Wow, This Hasn’t Happened in Like, 30 Seconds: Boy Suspended for Toy Guns

Yep, folks, it’s another Zero Tolerance situation. Sounds like a second grade boy in Ohio brought two toy guns to school, one of which ostensibly looked real. If it did, I can certainly understand administrators being concerned. You don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea. I sure don’t.  But why suspend the kid? Just tell him not to do it again. Sheesh! He’s in second grade! And why have the police involved? And why refer to the toys as “weapons,” as the news article does? Overkill, thy name is America!

Anyway, I did appreciate the one comment this story engendered. It’s a little over the top, but I’m with the guy — Bradland Steph Werley – in spirit. (His quotes are from the article):

“The weapons were found in the student’s book bag this morning at 9 a.m., Superintendent Tom Tucker said.”

Toys, dumb@ss. Not weapons.

“He was crying. I think he understood the seriousness of what he did.”

Yeah, OR the 2nd grader was crying because #1 he is around 7 years old and #2 he sees adults freaking out over toys and they #3 call the police who come to the school and #4 the kid gets sent home with a letter to his parents (suspended).

Perhaps the kid was crying because he had an epiphany, a moment of realization that zero tolerance means professional adults are no longer willing or able to use their brains to discern degrees of threats. Perhaps the child was crying because it was just confirmed to him that the land of the free is the home of the pantywaists.

Police and suspension over toys. As a parent, this over reaction doesn’t make me feel better about school safety, it makes me cringe because kids are not P.C… They are kids. Accident prone, gaffe prone, saying silly things, doing stupid things…normal kids.
Good job though, professional adults. I wouldn’t want anyone to get shot by that lunatic 2nd grader’s imaginary bullets. …

At least there wasn’t a lockdown!

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