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March 4, 2013 - 5:10 pm
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,A cursory exposure to the media post-Newtown might be alarming, even horrifying. Such non-inquisitive exposure could easily convince the unwary that an unprecedented number of kids are imminent school shooters. Thankfully, reading past sensational headlines, it’s easy to see that isn’t the issue. The question is yet another factor in the current gun-control debate: mental health. Specifically: have school authorities gone irredeemably mad?

As a teacher of high school English — and a firearms instructor — I have a dog in this fight. I often defend the public schools against unfair criticism, observing that most teachers are quiet professionals who do not indoctrinate their students with progressive propaganda. But what appears to be a nationwide epidemic of politically correct lunacy apparently sparked by the Newtown murders and egged on by President Obama’s anti-gun road show, and by his congressional fellow travelers, is running riot. These are just a few of the more recent incidents:

(1) Place: White Marsh Elementary School, Tabot County, Maryland

Tiny Terrorists:  Two six-year-old boys (kindergartners)

“Weapons”: Fingers

Punishment: One-day suspension

Facts: The boys were pointing their fingers at each other during recess while playing “cops and robbers.”

(2) Place: Mount Carmel Area School District, Pennsylvania

Tiny Terrorist: A five year-old girl (kindergartener)

“Weapon”: None

Punishment: 10-day suspension for making a “terroristic threat”

Facts: The girl told a classmate she wanted to “shoot” her and herself with a “Hello Kitty” bubble gun, a tiny, pink, cartoon ray-gun shaped bubble blower.  She was searched, but left the “gun” at home.  She was hectored in front of her class by the teacher and threatened with arrest.

(3) Place: D. Newlin Fell School, Philadelphia

Tiny Terrorist: A fifth-grade girl

Punishment: Searched and scolded in the presence of classmates, threatened with arrest.

Facts: The girl was given a paper gun by her grandfather the day before.  She set it on her desktop prior to throwing it away.  Her teacher seized it and yelled at her, and she was subsequently searched.  To avoid harassment, the girl has been withdrawn from school and is being home schooled.

(4) Place: Sumter County School District, Sumter, South Carolina

Tiny Terrorist: Six-year-old girl

Punishment: Expelled from school for a semester

Facts: The girl brought a broken, transparent plastic toy airsoft gun, with the soft plastic pellets visible inside, for show and tell. The toy was seized, the police were called, and the girl was threatened with arrest if she set foot on school property, forcing her parents to park off school grounds when they picked up the girl’s siblings.  After nearly a month, she was allowed to return to school after enormous pressure was applied via local media and the blogosphere.

(5) Place: Poston Butte High School, Tan Valley, Arizona

Tiny Terrorist: Freshman boy

Punishment: Three-day suspension

Facts: The boy, who plans a military career, posted a photograph of a gun as desktop wallpaper on his school-issued laptop computer.

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Zero-tolerance policies exist so that no one has to think and decide anything. They assume everyone is an idiot. To remedy this, they enforce their zero-tolerance policy by making everyone behave like idiots. A policy by idiots, for idiots, that guarantee idiocy.
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I wonder if some of those school staff might be subject to charges for filing a false police report. At the very least, slander/libel suits should be filed.
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The phrase "college-educated" is an anachronism. It's more realistic to say college-trained or college-degreed.
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The best action to take is to just take your kids out of school and home school them or unschool them. We will never be able to fix the public schools by voting or outrage. The schools are not there to educate but to indoctrinate. That's what they were set up for in the first place. The teachers don't have to know this for it to work either. The fact that schools teach things like reading and math is just put there to distract us and to fool us into thinking pubic school's purpose is to educate. Every child that is taken out of this insidious system makes the world a freer place.
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The Army likes its recruits young and moldable with a mindset of indestructibility.

I'm afraid the teaching profession likes it recruits susceptible to whatever the fad du jour is...D.A.R.E., OBE, bilingual education, experiential learning, phonics, peer tutoring, ad nauseum. Throw it out there, teachers will regurgitate it like goats sounding human.
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To me it's proof positive that one can indoctrinate people into being complete idiots scared of their own shadow. Every one of those teachers should be the personal body guard of a squirrel.
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When I was in grade school in the fifties, it was common for kids to bring their new shotguns or .22 rifles to "Show and Tell" day at school. The object was to discuss and show off a prized possession. Everyone knew the guns were handled safely (unloaded) and no one was embarrassed, threatened, suspended or harmed. We've come a long way in 60 years and it hasn't been in the right direction.
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I work at a zoo, and we get large groups of kids every day. Today, a 2nd grade class was posing at the entrance. Several of the boys--no more than 7 years old--were making gang signs with their hands. None of the teachers or chaperones seemed in the least bit concerned. What a different reaction if one of them had dared to form his thumb and finger into a gun. We probably would have gone on lock-down.

Sic transit...
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As for the pastry-gun kid, the parents ought to have a bake sale with cookies that look like guns and donate the money to the N.R.A.
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I cringe when I read cases like these. Not only the gun hysteria, but the drug hysteria (a girl is arrested for having a Mydol in her pocket) and sexual abuse hysteria (6 yr. old boy hugs a girl classmate). It's not the indoctrination, and not madness, it's stupidity. What these examples indicate is that because of a flawed selection process, the people in charge of children in the public schools are just too dumb to be allowed anywhere around children. They do much more harm than good and any alternative is better than government run schools.
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People forget they are children. They haven't developed all the neurosis and anxieties of adulthood nor do they realize such things exist. They don't know this hug is good and that hug is unacceptable. They see people with guns on TV and in movies and don't realize that some people have a phobia about them. If you see children acting inappropriately, you teach them, you don't demean them.
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When you have conflicting teaching, one at home and one at school it creates a conflict within a child's mind. They are taught that both sides are correct but that can't be so. This conflict for most gets dealt with but for a few it stays and creates mentally disturbed individuals. Schools are creating the problem that is afflicting them by teaching outside the parameters of true needed criteria. The basics which used to be taught are now just a small part of the curriculum Reading Writing and math are all that schools should be teaching, everything else should be taught by the parents
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It's not just the zero tolerance policy. It's fear, anxiety, frustration and anger welling up in the teachers. The policy is just the instrumentality by which the teachers act out these emotions.

I gather that these teachers are not very emotionally mature and have no real common sense judgment formed by experience. I wonder how many of them are unmarried and without children of their own. Marriage and kids have a way of forcing people to show common sense in their dealings with others.
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I believe it is what they want. They want to terrorize and control the children from the very first moment because it is control that is the key desire. I know a number of teachers and they feeling that they are superior because they teach is common. Couple with that the attitude that the superior should be listened too because they knew better and you have a group of people that do not think but react as everything is an affront to their "position".
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Back when I was a kid I could bring my nice new shiny Mattel M-14 or Thompson to school without anybody raising an eyebrow. Just imagine the response of today's school adminstrators if a child brought these dangerous "assault toys" anywhere near school grounds.

For those who think that private schools are any better think again. It depends on where you are. Toy guns will get you in trouble in many private schools.
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