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Seven Year Olds Suspended For Pointing Pencils At Each Other.

Dirty-Pencils-ROHWe have problems wrapping our heads around situations like this. We’ll let CBS station WNEW out of Washington DC explain what happened:

SUFFOLK, Va. — Two Suffolk second graders have been suspended for making shooting noises while pointing pencils at each other.

Media outlets report the 7-year-old boys were suspended for two days for a violation of the Suffolk school system’s zero-tolerance policy on weapons. They were playing with one another in class Friday at Driver Elementary.

One of the boys told his father they were playing a game where one of them was a Marine and the other was a bad guy.

But Suffolk Public Schools spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw said a pencil is considered a weapon when it’s pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made.

If the kids are playing and they both know they are playing, how is the pointing of a pencil in a “threatening way” possible? (We would even argue that it is impossible to point a pencil in a threatening manner, but that is a post for another day.)

How can these people defend these brain dead policies?

Bradshaw continued to display her lack of critical thinking:

“Some children would consider it threatening, who are scared about shootings in schools or shootings in the community,” Bradshaw said. “Kids don’t think about ‘Cowboys and Indians’ anymore, they think about drive-by shootings and murders and everything they see on television news every day.”

Maybe kids don’t think about cowboys and indians any more since there are no cowboy and indians shows on television anymore, but substitute “Marine” for “cowboy” and “bad guy” for “indians” and you have proof that Bradshaw has no clue what she is talking about.

Kids will always play games like this. Whether it is cowboys and indians, cops and robbers, space invaders, or whatever game they decide to play, kids are learning to play and interact with each other. Furthermore, is Bradshaw trying to say that if kids emulate what they see on the news everyday, they don’t see Marines and bad guys?

It gets worse.

“It’s an effort to try to get kids not to bring any form of violence, even if it’s violent play, into the classroom,” Bradshaw said. “There has to be a consequence because it’s a rule. And it’s a rule that the principals go over.”

Geez.

Can we please make a “rule” against idiots making “rules” in our public schools?



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