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California elementary school runs “toy gun exchange”

California elementary school runs “toy gun exchange”

It comes to this

We’ve highlighted The zero-tolerance war on kindergarteners, in which kindergarten and elementary school administrators enforce “zero-tolerance” gun policies against young children who bring “look-alike” items to school, including a gun-shaped breakfast pastry, a pencil pointed like a gun, a Quarter-size Lego piece, a clear plastic toy gun, a Lego Gun, and a toy cap gun.

Beyond that, children who merely talked about a Bubble Gun and Nerf Gun faced discipline.

In the latest insanity, a child was suspended for bringing a toy Nerf gun to school with the teacher’s permission:

In what amounts to self-parody, an elementary school in California will hold a toy gun exchange — similar to the real gun exchanges run by police departments for real guns — in order to remove the, er, threat of toy guns at school.

Via Rebecca Parr of Mercury News:

Hayward school to sponsor toy gun exchange

HAYWARD — An elementary school will hold a toy gun exchange Saturday, offering students a book and a chance to win a bicycle if they turn in their play weapons.

Strobridge Elementary Principal Charles Hill maintains that children who play with toy guns may not take real guns seriously.

“Playing with toys guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as they get older, it’s easier for them to use a real gun,” Hill said.

At Saturday’s event, called Strobridge Elementary Safety Day, a Hayward police officer will demonstrate bicycle and gun safety, and the Alameda County Fire Department is sending a rig and crew to talk about fire safety….

Every child who brings a toy gun will get a raffle ticket to win one of four bicycles, Hill said.

Hill said he got the idea for the toy gun exchange from a photographer, Horace Gibson, who takes students’ school pictures and who expressed concern about the spate of shootings of young people by police in Oakland.

Hill said police are rightfully fearful of being shot when they encounter so many armed suspects, and there have been cases nationwide where police mistook a toy gun for a real one.

Guess who else is a big fan of toy gun exchanges. The future Senator from the State of New Jersey.

When only kids have toy guns, only … oh, never mind, I lost my train of thought.


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Juba Doobai! | June 9, 2013 at 11:45 am

Democrats undermining the Constitution to deprive us of our liberty one kid at a time. The Declaration does offer us a way to deal with this tyranny.

Make sure you go out and buy your kid a toy gun to bring to the exchange, or else she won’t be able to get in on the raffle and participate in the fun gambling!

Next thing you know, they’ll expel kids for using the word ‘condom.’

[…] The government school system is becoming a pathetic joke: […]

Are you sure it’s the toy guns, Mr. Hill? The kids these days are chauffeured to school where they can watch some violent movies on the mini-van screens- our hero shoots 567 bullets from 4 machine guns. Before breakfast they can play a video game where they stomp and kill a few enemies, recharge their weapons with 2,389 bullets and get shot a few times themselves (they recover instantly).

They could listen to a democrat politician stating various threats, we’ll-bring-a-gun type stuff (or worse) or they could even watch cartoons where dozens of creatures die in 3 minutes.

This small-minded individual needs to start midnight basketball, hasn’t he seen the evidence, that’s the only real way to stop the violence!

jessbear1979 | June 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Toy gun exchange in Liberal Land (aka California)? Really? Whoa. That’s awesome!!! 😉

DDsModernLife | June 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm

“…children who play with toy guns may not take real guns seriously.”

You want children to take guns seriously? How ’bout a little elementary education on the capabilities, safe handling, and proper use of firearms to go along with the graphic sex ed?

At least busybodies like Charles Hill serve remind us why Government needs to be small and non-obtrusive…

    DDsModernLife in reply to DDsModernLife. | June 9, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    p.s. Probably would have been better stated to say, “…instead of the graphic sex ed…”

    (PIMF –> Preview Is My Friend.)

“Playing with toys guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as they get older, it’s easier for them to use a real gun,” Hill said.

And his evidence for that statement is what, precisely?

I think that he’s just making thing up, myself.

    rinardman in reply to Iowa Jim. | June 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    And his evidence for that statement is what, precisely?

    Evidence? He’s a liberal. He don’t need no stinkin’ evidence!

    He says…therefore, it’s true.

LukeHandCool | June 9, 2013 at 1:18 pm

“Playing with toys guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as they get older, it’s easier for them to use a real gun,” Hill said.


Then the return of the 16 million veterans of the “Greatest Generation,” who, growing up in an unelightened time, completely desensitized growing up playing with toy guns and going on to real guns and war … must’ve meant massive bloodshed for civilians at the hands of these “desensitized” beasts in the streets of America post-August 1945.

With the shooting on the Santa Monica College campus on Friday, our kids were on lockdown for three hours at my old middle school.

If there had been a shooter at their middle school, they were gathered together like sitting ducks.

An old classmate on FB posted about it, and when I expressed dismay at the policy, I got the predictable indignation from one woman that I shouldn’t comment unless I’m directly involved and to leave all the decision making to the school staff who are “trained” for this.

People didn’t like my tongue-in-cheek suggestion that we kill two birds with one stone:

Combine a history lesson on the Minutemen with firearm training for the kids … for just such situations.

LukeHandCool (whose worried wife, after receiving a text message from our son saying, “We’re on lockdown. I love you,” texted Luke, demanding, “Why are the kids on lickdown?” Luke requested to be subjected to a three-hour lickdown that night just to be safe, but his wife said there was nothing to warrant it. Well, Luke tried)

    janitor in reply to LukeHandCool. | June 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    (Hahaha, lickdown. Funny.)

    On a serious note — HOLLYWOOD crap doesn’t “desensitize” kids to violence and inappropriate language and behavior?

    (Remember when conservatives were constantly dissed for being thought censors, and not wanting inappropriate things in the schools?)

The proggies play the long game. This is just part of a coordinated campaign to brainwash the next generation to fear guns. Those who fear guns will be more likely to back efforts to ‘take them off the street’.

The right way to combat this proggie tripe is to take your kids, your nieces and nephews, and any other children you raise or influence to a gun safety class and then take them shooting every now and then. Teach them to respect and safely handle firearms.

I fired my first firearm at four. I owned my own rifle at eight.

I have never held a firearm without a powerful sense of what it could do to myself, my family, or strangers.

Just like any power tool I have used throughout my life.

The guns are useless because the gubmint is buying up all the toy bullets.

When you outsource every element of your life to the government, don’t be surprised when they treat you like a recalcitrant 5 year old.

What California really needs is a teacher exchange, except most of their teachers aren’t worth a new bicycle.

[…] Sources: Mercury News, Huffington Post, ABC News, Legal Insurrection […]

If the administrators have difficulty distinguishing between fantasy and reality, then they need to be removed until their sanity is restored. If the students under their direction suffer from the same mental deficit, then it must be determined if the defect is caused or promoted by their “education”.

Wait a minute….how are the going to have a ‘gun buy back’ for toy guns when you’re not allowed to bring toy guns to school?