Thursday, October 3, 2013

Ah, "Zero Tolerance", We Meet Again...

And, I would like to point out, this is not from Massachusetts...

Florida boy, 8, suspended from school after using finger as imaginary gun
An 8-year-old Florida boy was suspended from school after using his finger as a pretend gun while playing cops and robbers with his friends.

Jordan Bennett was suspended for a day after administrators at Harmony Community School in Harmony, Fla., said the gesture was an act of violence, reported.
The school has a ban on "invisible guns". Folks, I have to tell you right now. If TheBoy's school ever called me and told me that he had been suspended for using an "invisible gun", I don't know if I could contain myself:
[Me] So, you're telling me he's suspended for an "invisible gun"?

[Humorless school official] Yes, sir, that's our official policy.

[Me] If it was invisible, how did you see it? Maybe he had an invisible banana. Do you have rules against invisible plantains as well?
Gah. "Zero tolerance" is such weaselly bulls**t I can't stand it. Rather than using common sense and running the risk that some whiny bastard will complain, let's pass a blanket rule that only hurts those that don't really need it applied. I'll bet the school bully doesn't bother with a pretend gun - he just beats the crap out of kids and *might* get one day's detention. But play "cops and robbers" - excuse me, "violent fascist tools of the state and noble Occupy[Noun] freelance wealth distributors" - and you find yourself on the receiving end of a suspension.

Hmm. Punishing the people that by and large follow the rules while ignoring the real criminals - where have we seen that story before?

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)


Bob S. said...

Thinking of teaching my grand children to respond to "pretend" issues with a simple comment: "Okay, I'll pretend to listen to you".

d said...

"My kid used an invisible gun? And you need me to come pick him up? ... ... Well, I'm bringing my own invisible gun with me then!"

Formynder said...

Stories like this, and all the other suspensions/expulsions that have been going around lately are a major part of why I plan to homeschool whenever I have kids. Especially when you add all the districts that are starting to implement common core.

Evyl Robot Michael said...

It was a Glock 7!

Anonymous said...

Is it a crime to think about a gun yet?

Young dude, "I wish I had a Daisy Red Rider."

Alarm! Alarm! (Theme to SWAT starts playing in the background.)


Ed said...

Does the 1st Amendment cover our saying "pew, pew, pew"?

I was inquiring about where we sit in church, for those who are rabidly anti-gun.