Anti-gun hysteria in schools would be comic if not for the impact on little boys
A form of madness apparently has spread widely throughout the nation's government schools, as evidenced by comic behavior in reaction to imaginary guns. This time, it not a pop tart chewed into the shape of a gun, or a pencil drawing of a gun, it is a pencil itself that has triggered hysteria. Fox 43 TV reports (hat tip: Legal Insurrection):
A Suffolk [Virginia] school suspended a second grader for pointing a pencil at another student and making gun noises.
Seven-year-old Christopher Marshall says he was playing with another student in class Friday, when the teacher at Driver Elementary asked them to stop pointing pencils at each other.
"When I asked him about it, he said, 'Well I was being a Marine and the other guy was being a bad guy,'" said Paul Marshall, the boy's father. "It's as simple as that."
Christopher's father was a Marine for many years. He thinks school leaders overreacted.
"A pencil is a weapon when it is pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made," said Bethanne Bradshaw, a spokesperson for Suffolk Public Schools.
The Suffolk school system has a "zero tolerance policy" when it comes to weapons. And, Bradshaw admits, that policy has tightened up in recent years because of widely publicized school shootings.
The expression "zero tolerance policy" should be revised to read "zero intelligence policy," because it bypasses any human thought, such as the observation of young Christopher's parents:
Christopher's parents say school administrators failed to use common sense. Christopher has good grades and no history of being disruptive in class. They pointed out a line on the suspension notice, where the teacher wrote, "I told him to stop and he did."
Government school teachers are organized into one of the most powerful interest groups in the nation through their labor unions. Those unions are part and parcel of the progressive establishment, which has targeted private firearms ownership as an obstacle to their dreams of government control of all aspects of life (so people don't make the "wrong" decisions. Thus we have the institution of zero tolerance policies and the accompanying collective idiocy, all in service of the cause-du jour, gun control.
Note also, that if denied access to pencils, little boys will use their fingers as pretend guns. This is part of maleness. The very same progressives who despise guns also want to socialize boys into an anodyne existence. The huge numbers of little boys subject to psychotropic drugs like Ritalin administered by their schools is a disgrace, an effort of change males into something more acceptable to the powers that run our schools.
These incidents make clear that the education of our children has all too often been entrusted to the hands of ninnies.