This isn't "zero tolerance." It's "zero intelligence."
In the latest incident of anti-gun hysteria to erupt in a school setting, a kindergarten boy has been suspended from school for 10 days because he showed a friend his cowboy-style cap gun on the way to school.
The incident happened on Wednesday morning at about 8:30 a.m. on a school bus in Calvert County, Maryland, reports The Washington Post.
The kindergartener had brought the toy gun because his friend had brought a water gun the previous day. He later told his mother than he "really, really" wanted his friend to see it.
The Post explains that the principal -- Jennifer L. Young, according to Dowell Elementary's website -- told the kindergartener's mother that things would have been even worse had the toy gun been loaded with caps. In that case, the school would have regarded the plaything as an explosive and called the police.
Now why would the principal lie about something like that? She probably realized that she had stuck her foot in it and was trying to justify her outrageous behavior.
Of course, nothing justifies scaring a 5 year old little boy into wetting his pants. One wonders if the principle got pleasure out of terrorizing the boy.
Stories like this make you wonder how many more similar incidents simply go unreported.