Even talking about Bubble and Nerf guns gets punished.
The zero-tolerance war on young children who innocently bring something that looks like a gun to school is pathological bordering on mental abuse.
Here are four more recent examples, including instances where the young child merely talked about things such as a Nerf or Bubble gun.
1. 6-year old suspended for bringing clear plastic toy gun to show and tell.
2. 5 year-old suspended for making Lego Gun
3. 5-year old talks — yes talks — about Bubble Gun
A 5-year-old girl chats up classmates while waiting for the bus after school. The topic: Playing with a Hello Kitty “bubble gun” that, with the flick of a finger, blows bubbles everywhere.
“I’ll shoot you, you shoot me, and we’ll all play together,” the kindergartner says.
The next day, that remark — which was made innocently, according to the lawyer for the girl’s family, who related the story — landed the young central Pennsylvanian child in the principal’s office.
Soon after, she was sent home after being issued a 10-day suspension for a “terroristic threat,” as indicated on the suspension form signed by Mount Carmel Area Elementary School Principal Susan Nestico. That and other documents were provided to CNN by Robin Ficker, the lawyer representing the girl and her mother.
4. First Grader talks — yes talks — about Nerf Guns
The Pasco School District has overturned the suspension of a 6-year-old boy who talked about his toy guns at school.Mike Aguirre’s son Noah, a first-grader at James McGee Elementary School, was sent home Feb. 28 after another student told their teacher that Noah had a gun with him.
Noah had no gun, toy or otherwise, but Aguirre said his son still was punished for talking with other students about the Nerf guns the family recently bought during a trip to Lincoln City, Ore.
Aguirre said he and his wife were told their son was suspended for talking about guns at school, and because the girl who reported him felt her “health and safety were threatened” when they were called to the school last week. Officials said the issue is addressed in the district’s discipline handbook in the section on student rights and responsibilities.
But Aguirre said there’s no provision that students are prohibited from talking about guns at school, nor did the district provide evidence that the boy threatened to harm a student.
Update: And then there’s this from last year (h/t reader):