The inmates are running the asylum. And the scary thing is, the sane people are the ones who are labeled “extreme” these days.
Behold, The Washington Post reports on a story out of Maryland (my home for at least another year):
A kindergartner who brought a cowboy-style cap gun onto his Calvert County school bus was suspended for 10 days after showing a friend the orange-tipped toy, which he had tucked inside his backpack on his way to school, according to his family and a lawyer.
The child was questioned for more than two hours before his mother was called, she said, adding that he uncharacteristically wet his pants during the episode. The boy is 5 — “all bugs and frogs and cowboys,” his mother said. …
The case comes at a time of heightened sensitivity about guns in schools across the country. Locally, children in first and second grade have been disciplined for pointing their fingers like guns and for chewing a Pop-Tart-like pastry into the shape of a gun. In Pennsylvania, a 5-year-old was suspended for talking about shooting a Hello Kitty bubble gun that blows soap bubbles. …
Isolated case, right? Wrong. My favorite came out of Colorado this past February:
A second-grader in Colorado has been suspended from his elementary school for “throwing” an imaginary grenade during a harmless make-believe game he was playing called “rescue the world.”
The innocent 7-year-old claimed he was, in fact, simply trying to rescue the world, but officials at Mary Blair Elementary School, in Loveland, Colo., said playing with a weapon, the pretend grenade in this case, whether imaginary or real, is unacceptable on school grounds.
“I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended,” said Alex Evans, the little boy, who can’t even pronounce his punishment, let alone understand why it happened.
Evans told KDVR-TV that he was merely playing a game during recess at the school, which is about an hour north of Denver, when he threw an imaginary grenade into a box that contained make-believe evil forces.
Got that? He was trying to destroy evil. A little boy was “trying to save the world” during recess and was suspended. The administrators and faculty members who would consider calling the police over a cap gun (used by a 5-year-old little boy) or suspend another boy who pulled an imaginary pin on an imaginary grenade to kill the evil inside his imaginary box, are sick. These are the people who are shaping the minds of your children, and they are the most in need of supervision.
In the minds of these “educators,” the little boy who lives out his fantasies of becoming a cowboy or a soldier must be watched. There is something wrong with him. Rambunctious boys who make bazooka noises or pretend lasers can shoot out of their trigger finger must be stopped. Perhaps there might even be some prescription drugs we could pump into them to curb such unacceptable behavior…
If I ever become a father and my little boy or girl is suspended for pretending to be a soldier, I will take the week off and treat them to ice cream every single day. We’ll talk and we’ll laugh and we’ll take that time to learn all sorts of valuable lessons — one of which will be that there is nothing wrong with vanquishing evil.