5 Year-Old Girl Suspended from School for Turning a Stick Into a Gun
“zero tolerance policy”
The country has changed. When I was growing up in the 1970’s in Massachusetts, everyone in my neighborhood played with toy guns sometimes. If one of those wasn’t available, a stick was the next best thing.
Thanks to relatively new “zero tolerance policies” children can’t even think of doing such things. A little girl in North Carolina just learned that lesson.
The Blaze reports:
School suspends 5-year-old girl for ‘turning a stick into a gun’
Officials at a North Carolina school suspended a kindergarten student for playing with a “stick gun” on the playground.
Caitlin Miller, who is 5 years old, was playing a game of “King and Queen” with two of her classmates Friday at J.W. McLaughlin Elementary School in Raeford, North Carolina. The little girl was pretending to be a guard trying to keep out intruders from entering the kingdom where the king and queen were when she spotted a stick in the shape of a gun, picked it up, and imitated firing the “weapon,” WTVD-TV reported.
The girl’s mother, Brandy Miller, later received a call from the school principal, saying her daughter had posed a “threat” to other students.
In a statement to WTVD, the school cited its “zero tolerance” policy for such behavior:
Hoke County Schools will not tolerate assaults, threats or harassment from any student. Any student engaging in such behavior will be removed from the classroom or school environment for as long as is necessary to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning.
Miller said she wants the school to apologize to her daughter and asserted that nobody at the school explained to Caitlin why she was disciplined.
“One minute she’s playing with her friends, and the next her teachers are dragging her to the principal’s office,” Miller said. “She’s confused.”
Here’s a video report:
Here’s an image of Caitlin holding a picture of the dangerous stick:
Kindergartner suspended for “threatening” classmates with stick that resembled the shape of a gun: https://t.co/lCwsEegibp pic.twitter.com/KcLDf6xEl7
— John Hart (@JohnHartWJBF) March 29, 2017
Luckily, Caitlin went back to school on Tuesday but that doesn’t change what happened.
Zero tolerance policies make educators look stupid. It’s amazing that they put up with it.
Featured image via YouTube.
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Every serious state-funded indoctrination center has a “Zero Tolerance” policy.
This is beyond bullying.
This is child abuse.
a game of “King and Queen”
They can still have such things as “kings” and “queens”? Doesn’t that “normalize” gender stereotypes?
This has nothing to do with Zero Tolerance idiocy, nor with hysteria after the Sandy Hook shootings. It is not idiocy. It is deliberate. It is a tactic. Idiocy is just the smoke screen. This is a program to condition, to terrorize, to brainwash our children into fearing and hating manhood, guns, patriotism, and Americanism. If the Liberal Vermin can ruin our children, they have won.
Counterattack. Buy your child a gun, as young as he or she can operate one, and take them to the range. Let them talk it up with their friends. Spread the Good News. Spread the Good News in school.
And teach your children to trust nothing about the education system. Take the education they give you, but only believe the “hard” stuff like mathematics and physics. Parrot the rest back, but never believe it. Be subtle as snakes. Give nothing back to the system. Whatever you say will be taken down and used against you. Treat them as if they were enemy captors interrogating you as a POW. Know that the teacher is a cop who wants to destroy you; a tyrant who wants to enslave you, a spy who wants to betray you.
Sorry about that, good teachers, and voters, but you have the responsibility to take the schools back. So do the district’s voters. Harangue, harass, and if necessary, terrorize the Liberal Vermin out of the system. Otherwise, you’re part of the problem, too. No prisoners. No quarter.
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Precisely. Anyone with rudimentary Google skills can find the video of Eric Holder telling the attendees at a teachers’ conference in 1995 to brainwash children to hate guns.
Brainwashing, mind control. I prefer the term “coercive persuasion” as I believe it is more accurate but use whatever term you like.
What teachers are doing to children in school is systematic, organized, and deliberate child abuse. It’s how cults operate. It’s how the North Koreans attempted to indoctrinate POW during the Korean war. I may be overgeneralizing, but the short description is that first they break down the intended victim’s will to resist. If the victim has developed such a will; children usually haven’t.
Then you indoctrinate the victim to value the approval of their tormenters, and to be deathly afraid of displeasing them. There are a number of specific techniques that can be used in this carrot and stick approach. But one of the most common are draconian non-physical punishments for breaking the rules and displeasing the cult leaders (although physical punishment including rape can be used as well, but not in an elementary school environment in the US).
“Coercive Persuasion and Attitude Change
Encyclopedia of Sociology Volume 1, Macmillan Publishing Company, New York
By Richard J. Ofshe, Ph.D.
Coercive persuasion and thought reform are alternate names for programs of social influence capable of producing substantial behavior and attitude change through the use of coercive tactics, persuasion, and/or interpersonal and group-based influence manipulations (Schein 1961; Lifton 1961). Such programs have also been labeled “brainwashing” (Hunter 1951), a term more often used in the media than in scientific literature. However identified, these programs are distinguishable from other elaborate attempts to influence behavior and attitudes, to socialize, and to accomplish social control. Their distinguishing features are their totalistic qualities (Lifton 1961), the types of influence procedures they employ, and the organization of these procedures into three distinctive subphases of the overall process (Schein 1961; Ofshe and Singer 1986). The key factors that distinguish coercive persuasion from other training and socialization schemes are:
1. The reliance on intense interpersonal and psychological attack to destabilize an individual’s sense of self to promote compliance
2. The use of an organized peer group
3. Applying interpersonal pressure to promote conformity
4. The manipulation of the totality of the person’s social environment to stabilize behavior once modified…”
This is the purpose of “zero tolerance” policies.
I agree 100% I’m stealing that.
Hey, at least they didn’t call the cops, and have her arrested for not having a concealed carry permit.
Only because they didn’t think of that…this time.
“Hoke County Schools will not tolerate assaults, threats or harassment from any student. Any student engaging in such behavior will be removed from the classroom or school environment for as long as is necessary to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning.”
It doesn’t say anything about assaults, threats or harassment in the bathroom, just the classroom. So, this being North Carolina, if some boy or a male teacher or a janitor decided to claim he felt like a female that day, he could go into the girls’ bathroom and weinie-wag that same little girl when she’s in there going potty. I think she needs that gun!
School districts that do these stupid things to children need a good legal ass whipping.
If the average 5 year old can “turn a stick into a gun”, I need to go find a truck load of sticks… and a 5 year old.
Apparently, they are more tolerant of “assaults, threats, [and] harassment” when it comes from the teachers and administrators.
You beat me to it.
If pointing a stick and saying “bang” is counted as an assault or a threat, what do they call dragging a little girl to an administrator’s office for a dressing down and suspension with no explanation?
Actually, they call such behavior “properly enforcing a fair and balanced school policy, ensuring the safety of other students”. Hey, don’t blame me; that is what the soi disant principal at another school said when the same brainless policy was enforced against a six year old boy. The only difference was the “weapon” involved: the boy used his (“Gasp!”) finger!
Tactically it’s child abuse.
Tar and feathers come to mind.
These people need to be publicly outed and embarrassed. Publish the name of the school and the names of the administrators and teachers who stand behind this kind of idiocy.
Zero tolerance policies make educators look stupid. It’s amazing that they put up with it.
They put up with it because:
(a) The good teachers are vastly outnumbered by the “union parrots” (although since they’ll turn on their own at the first sign of “wrongthink”, “union piranhas” might be a better description); and,
(b) “Zero-tolerance” policies equate to “zero-thought-required” policies. The teachers and administrators don’t have to weigh or consider anything. As that would require actual work and effort, “zero-tolerance” is naturally a crutch of the intellectually and ethically lazy.
Once that laziness has set in and ingrained itself in the culture (and it has), it is VERY difficult to weed out, and the good teachers aren’t in any effective position or numbers to change anything.
That’s not a stick–as any journalist can tell you, it’s an assault Glock.
If a five-year-old could “turn a stick into a gun” she’d be considered a miracle-worker and a National asset. What she did, however, was pick up a stick that could be considered “gun shaped” and then ~ horror of horrors ~ used her child imagination and PRETENDED it was a gun!
Darn good thing she didn’t notice all those bullet-shaped acorns lying around. Clearly a crisis was averted by that little oversight.
Thank goodness it was a pointed stick. She could have been attacking them with fresh fruit. ( Monty Python reference)
She can protect my castle from dragons and monsters anytime.
It’s a double-edged scalpel. What’s next, pointing fingers? We are on a progressive slope.
Kids have been suspended for finger pointer, too.
Turning a stick into a gun is nothing. There was a remorseful robber who turned himself into a police station…
But, being serious: everyone knows it starts with sticks. Soon, a stick won’t be enough. The child will move effortlessly to Pop Tarts!
The thing about the pop tart story is, the kid wasn’t trying to chew it into the shape of a gun. He was trying to chew it into the shape of a cloud he saw.
But the child abusers who pay dues to the NEA take every opportunity to destroy children, so a teacher claimed to see a gun and declared the pop-tart eating child a threat.
To make an example for the encouragement of others.
Shouldn’t the school have the responsibility for clearing all those threatening sticks out of the playground?
The school put, or allowed to be put, the assault/threat/harassment there … all the little girl did was pick it up.
“Luckily, Caitlin went back to school on Tuesday but that doesn’t change what happened.”
No. SADLY, Caitlin’s parents sent her back to that evil indoctrination center…
I cannot fathom why any loving parent would subject his or her baby to this. Our public schools are horrendously, awfully bad. But we keep using them and funding them. Why? Because it’s easier than taking responsibility for the education of our precious children. What the heck does that say about US?