The thought police are at it again, and this time the victim is an 8-year-old boy. As part of a school “imagination” project, the boy drew a picture of a gun. Of course, the school freaked out and claimed the boy’s action demonstrated “bad behavior.” What is going on in this country?
As reported KKTV.com in Colorado Springs, second grade student Cody Smith was at school and was told to go outside with his class, “look at the clouds, and then use his imagination to draw what he saw.” Cody looked up and drew a picture of a gun.
Because it was a gun, the teacher at Talbott Elementary in Widefield, Colorado called him into the office, and then filed a behavior report. His parents say that’s too much.
The report says Kody showed behavior that is disruptive to the entire learning community. The parents were worried that this would be on his permanent school record. The Widefield School District says it will not be.
First of all, I find it offensive that this was labeled as a “behavior that is disruptive to the entire learning community.” Really? How so? What was disruptive about this child using his imagination?
Here’s something to thing about. Let’s try for just a bit to get inside the head of an 8-year-old boy. I didn’t grow up in a hunting family, but I did have a BB gun, and my dad and I used to shoot at those Daisy paper targets and an aluminum can or two. So, what’s the memory there? Let’s call it “fun times with dad.”
Then, there are the kids who actually grow up in hunting families. A good friend of mine is a hunter, and his two boys have been exposed to guns, bows and arrows, and hunting from the time they could walk. So, let’s call this memory “real hunting experiences.”
Finally, I can think of one other image that might pop into an 8-year-old’s mind when thinking about a gun. Can you guess it? I’ll give you a moment… Ok, here it is… let’s call it “fighting bad guys.” When kids think of guns, they don’t think of some psycho. They think of people like a police officer or a solider… someone who is using a gun to protect… to “fight the bad guys.”
And so, when this child looked up at the clouds and saw an outline of a gun, what was actually wrong with that? What is the bad behavior here? Whether it is from shooting at targets, hunting with the family, or fighting bad guys, the memories and thoughts are all positive!
It’s outrageous that the government from upper levels down to elementary schools are trying to tell us how to think… that we can think of guns… that we can’t even play tag any more… that games don’t need to end with someone winning. We are creating a nation of wimps, and it is beyond pathetic.