Ok, come on. It seems like school officials are going nuts these days. Kids can’t play “Cowboys and Indians,” because that could lead to gun “violence.” (Not to mention that the game is so un-PC.) Kids can’t think of a gun, draw a gun, or even hold their fingers in the shape of a gun. So imagine what happened when a 5-year-old child brought a cap gun to school.
As reported by The Washington Post, “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”
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.
“I have no problem that he had a consequence to his behavior,” said the mother, who asked that her name be withheld to protect her son’s privacy.
“What I have a problem with is the severity,” she said, and the way it was handled.
According to the story on The Daily Caller, the boy brought the gun to school “because his friend had brought a water gun the previous day. He later told his mother than he ‘really, really’ wanted his friend to see it.”
So… the boy brings a orange-tipped, cap gun to school and gets suspended for 10 days and gets “questioned” by school officials for two hours. Two hours!
Schools have gone completely overboard. But get this… consider what would have happened to the little boy if the cap gun has actually been “loaded.” The Washington Post reports that “it would have been deemed an explosive and police would have been called in.” An explosive? Has everyone gone insane? Would they have sent in the bomb squad to “disarm” this device?
“The school was quite obviously taking it very seriously, and he’s 5 years old,” she said. “Why were we not immediately contacted?”
The family’s attorney, Robin Ficker, said that the age of the child is important and that the incident could have been used as a teachable moment.
“Kids play cowboys and Indians,” he said. “They play cops and robbers. You’re talking about a little 5-year-old here.”
I feel so bad for this little boy, and if there are any penalties enforced, they should be against the school officials. Let’s have some common sense for a change!