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March 4, 2013 - 5:10 pm
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(6) Place: Mary Blair Elementary School, Loveland, Colorado

Tiny Terrorist: Seven-year-old boy (2nd grader)

Punishment: School suspension pending

Facts:  The boy was, by himself, playing “Rescue the World,” and threw an imaginary hand grenade into an imaginary box full of evil forces.  He said “pshhh” to simulate the sound of the exploding imaginary grenade.

Madness? One might reasonably expect a bit of well-intentioned over-reaction to a traumatic event with which people can so easily identify. But supposedly reasonable, college-educated adults appear to be engaging in a modern witch hunt, with all the dumbfounding lack of logic and reason that implies.

Notice that in all but a single case, the objects that provoked such revulsion and foolishness in educated adults could not possibly be mistaken for actual weapons.  In one case, the “weapon” was entirely imaginary, in others, the “weapons” were two-dimensional paper simulations.  None of the “weapons” involved could possibly be mistaken for an actual weapon or threat. Consider, too, that in none of these cases did the tiny terrorists so much as threaten another, with the exception of the five year old who expressed the desire to “shoot” herself and another with Hello Kitty bubbles.  There were no complaints, no actual weapons were brandished, no property was damaged, no one sustained so much as bruised feelings. There was no danger, indeed, no potential for danger. In every case, there was not the slightest evidence of evil intent.

It is tempting to believe this is evidence of an insidious progressive conspiracy. Indoctrinating the young and demonizing people, things, values, and ideas through repetition and shaming are an integral part of the literature and tactics of that movement. However, no conspiracy is necessary. While most American educators avoid political indoctrination in favor of professionally teaching their disciplines, there is no question that some do not and that in some schools, school districts, cities, even states, aggressive progressivism reigns with little or no opposition.

It’s not necessary to plot progressive indoctrination with other true believers; they already know what to think and what to do, and from whom to take their cues. At the moment, that would be Mr. Obama and other members of his administration on the permanent campaign trail. This time, they are specifically campaigning against the Second Amendment.

As powerful as political motivation might be, the faddish nature of education is equally compelling. For some time, “zero tolerance” policies of one kind or another have enjoyed substantial popularity.

The zero tolerance policy most familiar to the public is the “gun free” school zone, which for some produces feelings of safety. Unfortunately, like all zero tolerance polices, this is a complete failure, actually encouraging attacks rather than enhancing safety. Those who need to “feel safe” cannot admit this obvious reality lest their belief system come crashing down, so they redouble their efforts, striking out at even imaginary threats and guns.

Understanding this sort of thinking, it is easy to realize that such people think nothing of applying a zero tolerance policy prohibiting actual firearms to not only toys bearing a slight resemblance to firearms, but to depictions of firearms and even imaginary weapons. Thus have elementary-aged children been punished for pointing fingers at each other and fighting imaginary heroic battles for mankind. Thus is childhood warped and wrenched from children.

Some of these bizarre incidents are the direct result of human confusion or incompetence. School systems have multiple levels of management that theoretically can avoid abuses in student discipline.  Take the case of the five year-old girl who dared think of blowing bubbles on her friend and herself.  Even if her teacher could not tell the difference between a Hello Kitty bubble gun — a toy the girl left at home — and a real weapon, and even if she could not tell the difference between five year olds playing and a threat of serious bodily harm or death, what’s the principal’s excuse? What’s the excuse of the assistant superintendent and the superintendent and the members of the school board?

Fortunately, in most of these incidents, thunderous public scorn and the threats of attorneys were sufficient to undo suspensions and other punishments that should have never taken place.  However, unless and until the voters of those — and every — school district take affirmative action to see that no student is punished for behaving like an entirely normal child, and that progressive indoctrination of our youngest and most impressionable children is brought to an abrupt and final halt, generations of Americans may grow up believing that so much as thinking about the “weapons” generations have harmlessly used in play since before the foundation of the republic is a crime against the state.

On the other hand, perhaps that’s exactly what the state wants.

Related: Today’s Hysterical Gun Freakout: Teacher Invades Kid’s Privacy, Threatens Him Over Digital Photo of Airsoft Gun

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Mike McDaniel is a former police officer, detective, and SWAT operator, and is now a high school English teacher. He blogs here.

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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...
1 year ago
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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.
1 year ago
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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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