Education, Gun Control, Issues

Government Schools + Anti-Gun Political Correctness = Child Abuse


Several years ago, I would regularly share horror stories about innocent kids being abused by politically correct government school administrators who overreacted to anything remotely resembling a gun.

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I even had a U.S. vs. U.K. stupidity contest that featured many examples of anti-gun lunacy, though Canada may actually win the prize for the most absurd case of political correctness.

But I eventually stopped sharing these types of stories because it seemed there were so many and I felt like I was making the same points over and over again.

Time for the hiatus to end. I’ve run across a handful of stories that are so preposterous that I can’t resist revisiting the issue.

Here’s our first example. A local television station in North Carolina reports that a little girl was suspended because she pretended that a stick was a gun while playing with her friends.

A local mother is outraged after her 5-year-old daughter was suspended from school because of a stick that resembled a gun. …It started Friday when her mother got a call from the principal about a playground incident. Caitlin explained that she and her two friends were using their imaginations, playing “King and Queen.” In this case, Caitlin was the guard protecting the royals and picked up the gun to imitate shooting an intruder into the kingdom. Hoke County Schools said Caitlin posed a threat to other students when she made a shooting motion, thus violating policy 4331. …Miller says Caitlin was alienated by her friends and teachers as a result of the suspension. She hopes that the school will issue some sort of apology to her daughter.

I’m not the only one who thinks this is insane.

Now for our second story.

It’s about a very dangerous 11-year old girl who – gasp!! – . A Florida television station has the details.

A South Florida couple is outraged after they said their daughter was suspended from her middle school for using a child butter knife at lunchtime to cut a peach. …Souto’s daughter is an honor roll student at Silver Trail Middle School in Pembroke Pines. …Ronald and Andrea Souto told Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden that their 11-year-old daughter was suspended for six days for bringing the knife to school. “This is a set of a spoon, fork and knife for toddlers — one year old,” Andrea Souto said. “It is made for children to learn how to eat properly. She’s used it since she was baby.” According to the school district, the girl violated the county’s weapon policy when she used her butter knife in the cafeteria to cut the peach. …Ronald said he hopes what happened to his daughter will bring change to the district, specifically new polices when it comes to weapons.

But this rogue child didn’t just get suspended. She may become an actual criminal.

The Soutos said they were shocked about the suspension and are now concerned that their daughter’s act of kindness could lead to criminal charges. …The Pembroke Pines Police Department said it has turned over their investigation to the State Attorney’s Office. It’s unclear whether prosecutors will file charges.

Our third story comes from a St. Louis TV station and it involves a four-year old boy who was suspended for a shell casing.

Hunter, 4, has been suspended from his preschool for bringing a shell casing from a fired bullet to school. He’d been at the preschool for about a year, she said, and now was in tears. Neither she nor Hunter’s dad knew it, but he found something he thought was pretty neat and he took it to school Tuesday to show his friends. …Hunter’s parents got a letter from the school’s director saying Hunter had been suspended for 7 days. …It turns out the casing came from a visit with Hunter’s grandpa who is a Caseyville police officer, Jackson said. …The school’s vice-president e-mailed her that he was notifying the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

The last sentence is particularly chilling since DCFS bureaucrats presumably have the power to take children from their families. So imagine the horrible position of Hunter’s parents, who not only have to deal with their kid being suspended for doing nothing wrong, but also have to worry about the state kidnapping their child if some anti-gun bureaucrat woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Our fourth and final story is courtesy of the Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama, where a teenager was expelled for a year because of a water gun.

A family is up in arms after their 16-year-old daughter was expelled from Prattville High School for having a water gun on campus. …she was banned from school property and any extra-curricular activities for the same period. …She said a male classmate handed the toy to her daughter “as a joke.” “…the second you picked it up, you know its plastic and a toy,” she said. “So we can understand the initial reaction, not knowing it wasn’t a real gun. But after the principal and school officials knew it was a water gun, things should never have progressed this far.” …The family wants any reference to the expulsion removed from Laney’s academic records, McPhillips’ letters read. …If the expulsion isn’t removed from Laney’s academic record, the family is considering filing legal action

I suppose there are two big-picture lessons to be learned.

First, it’s hard to be optimistic about the education system after reading this type of story.

If bureaucrats at government schools don’t have common sense, how can they teach reading, writing, and arithmetic?

Maybe (especially given the shocking lack of results after record levels of staffing and funding) we should break up the government school monopoly and let parents choose better-quality schools.

Second, keep in mind that anti-gun statists know they can’t win the intellectual argument against private gun ownership, so they’re trying to stigmatize anything remotely connected to guns in hopes of eventually winning the political argument.

This is a guest post by Dan Mitchell “a high priest of light tax small state libertarianism”

    These IDIOTS have NO “common sense” at all!!

    HOME SCHOOL is the only answer!!

    Take your children OUT of the gubbermint INDOCTRINATION CENTERS, NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Once these INDOCTRINATION CENTERS lose the gubbermint TAXPAYER funding, maybe, just MAYBE, they will get back to TEACHING the basics, instead of “teaching” THEIR AGENDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s THIS $HIT that is causing the U. S of A. to LOSE big time, the EDUCATIONAL advantage we USED to have!!

  • Robert

    It seems I hear all the time this is a country of laws and everyone should obey them, These schoolos have laws which are put their for the child and other children’s safety. I can hear most of you now if some one bought a hunting knife to school and cut some one saying they should not allow any knives in school so that is what they do. NOT ALLOW ANY KNIVES OR GUNS OR ANY THING THAT REPRESENTS A GUN. I may not like the rules but they are not put ion place by non thinking persons, they write them to do the best job of protecting kids while in their custody. No matter what they do there will be someone who thinks the law does not apply to them or the law is wrong.
    Try and get on an airplane tip with a 2.5in plastic gun on your key chain, in most cases not going to happen.
    They had to write the law the way it is written to simplify it as much as possible to not have a 500 page item listing every type of gun not allowed. Laws can not be as simplified as you might think they could.

    • Dave Porter

      Should we ban the state of California, when you hold a AR-15 magazine up next to it on a map it looks like an AR-15 Magazine. Should we ban ink pens and pencils? With very little training a person can kill another person with either of those really easy. Your problem is you’re assuming everyone that has even a plastic knife is planning to do someone else harm.

      • Robert

        Dave Porter
        I went to a Law college, Yale in the late 1950s, the main thing about any law is you as a lawyer look for ways you can pick holes in it for your client, because your job if you take it is to get the client off and if you do not do everything to achieve that you can loose your license. The laws have to be written is such a way as to supposedly be pick proof, in fact when laws are written they have people try to pick the laws apart, that is why it takes an average of 300 pages for a simple law. In the instance of Firearms on an airplane, it took 150 pages to say that no firearm or resemblance of a firearm would be allowed on a plane and then they had to go back and reword a lot of the sentences and add other things when the pickers got hold of the law to find faults with it.
        I can understand your frustration with the things you mentioned but I suppose someone or a lot of someones thought it was the only way to protect the kids, in our county they serve pancakes and waffles for breakfast in school and you get a fork and spoon rolled up with a napkin in a sealed plastic bag, and some of those bags the little kids can not tear open, so the lunch room orderly comes by and opens them for the kids who can not get them open or sometimes the person next to them.

  • Dave Porter

    People listen up. The only way this is going to stop is for you to group together and go after the State Governors and the Legislature. If it is a public school, they all work for the Governor of the state. He or She needs to direct the States Attorney General and the head of the Department of Education to put a stop to this. In these cases, you need to Lawyer up and include the Governor and the head of the Dept. of Education in any legal action that you take. The bottom line is that you will need to force them to do their job. Oh, if you’re not willing to do that THEN SHUT THE HELL UP, BEND OVER AND TAKE IT.

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