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Lions, Tigers & Bears OH MY!!!

posted Jan 30, 2013 03:31:59 by Consfearacynewz

You can’t make this stuff up.

A 13-year-old girl was suspended for one day from Wamsutta Middle School in Massachussetts because she brought a butter knife to school. She needed the knife to cut the pear packed in her lunch because she wears braces that prevent her from simply biting into the fruit.

Morgan LaPlaume told WXFT-TV that the principal spotted the deadly weapon on the lunch table and hauled her miscreant behind into his office.

“As we were walking to his office I asked him and he said you are not allowed to have knives in school, and I said I was using it to cut my pear, I wasn’t harming any other student, and he said I know, but it’s the policy,” said the deceptively pixie-like Morgan.

As the mothers of hardened criminals often do, Morgan’s mom, Melissa LaPlaume made excuses for her little felon.

“It’s a butter knife, she has braces, there was no intent at all there,” LaPlaume said.

Yet she broke the rules of the school, which presumably does not provide plastic knives with school lunches or at least gets around the rule by providing combination fork-knives, or “knorks.”

This is just the latest in what seems to be a rash of incidents where school officials have had to step in to stop students with murderous intent.

For instance, there was the recent incident where a student on a school bus was thankfully suspended after preventing a football player with a loaded gun from shooting a teammate. If he hadn’t been suspended, who knows what dastardly deeds the student might have moved on to commit — stopping a bank robbery or pulling someone from a burning car, perhaps.

Then there was the 7-year-old who chewed his toaster pastry into the shape of a gun (he said it was a mountain, but the teacher knew better). What a devilish mind to sneak a weapon past school metal detectors like that!

And let us not forget to sing the praises of the school officials who locked down all the schools in a Pennsylvania county because a medical office worker calling a high school student to confirm an appointment heard on the child’s voicemail greeting the phrase “shooting some people outside of the school” and heroically ratted the kid out to local police. The voicemail message actually turned out to be the theme song from “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and the lyrics actually said “shooting some B-BALL outside of the school,” but let’s not muddy a tale of bravery and quick thinking.

This is a frightening trend across this country. Children with easy access to stuff that paranoid (I might even go out on a limb and suggest “liberal”) adults find scary are rampaging out of control, creating a climate of fear.

Something needs to be done, and it should follow the pattern of gun control efforts, which have historically been so successful.

We need to start making our schools child-free zones. Kids need to be restricted. Not all kids, just certain ones, such as those who talk, chew gum, eat lunch, wear braces, stand up for fellow students, use high-capacity magazines or who just move around too much.

People who don’t want to keep kids out of school to protect other kids just don’t have a heart and must be Nazis. Owning a kid is like owning a gun, and as Dianne Feinstein pointed out, that’s like child pornography, which means all parents are perverts. … Maybe we should just ban people from giving birth.

Of course, the Supreme Court’s about to do that, in all likelihood, with its forthcoming gay marriage decision, which may hinge on the feelings of all the millions of kids with gay parents, if justices’ questions are any guide.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/29/student-reportedly-suspended-for-bringing-butter-knife-to-school/
We’ve got to do it to the children — er, for the children.


5 year old Threatened with Suspension for Making a Gun out of Legos
A five-year-old boy has been threatened with suspension after he used Legos to build a toy gun at school.
Video at link...
Joseph Cardosa, attends an a after-school program at Hyannis West Elementary School, on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Teachers gave him a written warning for play-shooting some of his friends with the toy gun.

His parents say they understand that teachers are parents are on edge after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, but argue that school administrators are taking things too far.


Joseph Cardosa, 5, was told he would be suspended for two weeks if he makes a gun at his after school program again

Disciplined: Joseph Cardosa, 5, was told he would be suspended for two weeks if he makes a gun at his after school program again



Joseph's mother Sheila Cruz said the school is over-reacting

Is this a gun: Joseph's mother Sheila Cruz said the school is over-reacting

'Kids are taught, "Here's a squirt gun, this is fun," so this is fun to him... he's running around playing,' Shelia Cruz told Fox 5 Boston.

Ms Cruz said teachers should have spoken with her son an re-directed his playing to a non-violent scenario.

'We were running around and we were shooting... we were jut pretending,' little Joseph said.


Teachers sent Joseph's parents a letter warning that if he play-acted with a toy gun again, he would be suspended for two weeks.

Suspension, Ms Cruz says, is excessive.

'It's not like he's designing a machine gun,' the mother said.

School administrators across the country have heightened sensitivity to any playing that involves simulated violence

Cracking down: School administrators across the country have heightened sensitivity to any playing that involves simulated violence

Teachers disagree.

Principal Kathi Amato said in a statement to Fox 5: 'While someone might think that making a Lego gun is just an action of a 5-year-old, to other 5-year-olds, that might be a scary experience.'

Ms Cruz admits that her son has been reprimanded once before for making a finger gun.

Since the December 14 massacre in Connecticut that killed 20 first graders, school administrators have been very sensitive to child making references to guns or shooting - even during play.

A five-year-old girl in eastern Pennsylvania was suspended after she said she was going to shoot her friends with her Hello Kitty bubble gun.

A fifth grader was suspended after she pulled out a torn piece of paper and said it was a handgun.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270243/Boy-5-threatened-suspension-building-toy-gun-Legos.html#ixzz2JPWTHRGv
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Consfearacynewz said Jan 30, 2013 03:33:54
Pennsylvania girl, 5, suspended for threatening to shoot girl with pink toy gun that blows soapy bubbles
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/19/pennsylvania-girl-5-suspended-for-threatening-to-shoot-girl-with-pink-toy-gun/
A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl who told another girl she was going to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun that blows soapy bubbles has been suspended from kindergarten.

Her family has hired an attorney to fight the punishment, which initially was 10 days for issuing a 'terroristic threat.' But her punishment was reduced to two days after her mother met with school officials and had the incident dropped to 'threatening to harm another student,' which apparently carries a lesser punishment.

"It's laughable," Robin Ficker, the girl's attorney told FoxNews.com. "This is a girl who had no idea about killing or what happened in Connecticut."

He was referring to the recent shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed 26 lives.

"What parent that you know would want their 5-year-old questioned about making terroristic threats without them in the room?"

- Robin Ficker, attorney


Ficker says Mount Carmel Area School District officials said the girl made the threat on Jan. 10 as she waited for a school bus with friends. A school official overheard the remark and searched the girl's backpack and did not find the Hello Kitty gun, he said.

The next day, the girls involved were 'interrogated' by school officials, Ficker said. By the time the girl was done speaking to administrators about the incident, she was crying, he said. A teacher called out the girl in front of her class and told her police may get involved, he said.

Ficker called the girl "the least terroristic person in Pennsylvania."

"What parent that you know would want their 5-year-old questioned about making terroristic threats without them in the room?" Ficker asked.

School district solicitor Edward Greco tells pennlive.com officials are looking into the case. He said Friday school officials aren't at liberty to discuss disciplinary actions.

Ficker said he has scheduled a meeting with a lawyer from the school board later this month to have the girl’s record expunged.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/19/pennsylvania-girl-5-suspended-for-threatening-to-shoot-girl-with-pink-toy-gun/#ixzz2JQUHIJNQ
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Consfearacynewz said Jan 30, 2013 03:34:31
OMG SHE"S A KILLER ALRIGHT!
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Consfearacynewz said Jan 30, 2013 03:36:17
‘Paper Gun’ At School Prompts Suspension Of Philadelphia Girl
http://tomohalloran.com/2013/01/27/paper-gun-at-school-prompts-suspension-of-philadelphia-girl/


A Philadelphia fifth grader was suspended for having a paper gun at school. The little girl maintains she was chastised by staff and ridiculed by her peers. The child also claims that after the piece of paper that kind of resembled a gun was found, she was searched in front of the entire class. Critics who feel the teacher overreacted wonder if the educator was checking for paper bullets in the little girl’s pockets.

Melody Valentin was moved to tears when discussing the paper gun suspension during interviews. The Philadelphia fifth-grader attends Newlin Fell Elementary School. The child’s mother is still waiting on a response from the school over the matter, the New York Daily News notes.

Valentin had this to say during an interview with Fox 29 News:

“He [school] yelled at me and said I shouldn’t have brought the gun to school and I kept telling him it was a paper gun, but he wouldn’t listen.”

Melody’s mom, Dianna Kelly, wants to know why a school official stood over her child and reportedly stated he should “call the cops” on her. The Newlin Fell Elementary School staffer also allegedly told the little girl she could be arrested.

The upset mother also noted that her daughter is having nightmares that the teacher is chasing her down the street. Melody has also been found in the bathroom crying during the early morning hours.

When detailing the harassment Melody Valentin stated she endured by her classmates, she noted she had been called a murderer. The somewhat gun-shaped paper had been made by her grandpa the day prior. When another student saw the folded piece of paper, he reportedly told school officials that Melody has a paper gun.
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Consfearacynewz said Jan 30, 2013 03:38:26
Nebraska School Officials Allegedly Ask Parents Of Deaf Toddler To Change His Signed Name Because It Looks Like A Finger Gun
http://jonathanturley.org/2012/08/29/nebraska-school-officials-allegedly-ask-parents-of-deaf-toddler-to-change-his-signed-name-because-it-looks-like-a-finger-gun/
There is a truly bizarre story about of Nebraska where the parents of three-and-a-half year old Hunter Spanjer have been told that their son is violating the school’s policy against guns in school by making his fingers look like a gun. I have previously written (and here) about the lunacy of zero tolerance rules, including the gun drawing and finger gun violations. The difference in this case is that Hunter is deaf and the motion is the sign language for his name which involves crossing his forefinger and index finger and moving his hand up and down. When the situation was explained to Grand Island Public Schools administrators, they came up with a solution that only a bureaucrat would view as reasonable. According to the parents, they were asked to change their son’s sign name. There is now a Facebook page (shown here) to let Hunter keep his name.

If true, this sets a new low in the blind and senseless application of these rules. I still remain amazed by the discipline meted out to kids using finger guns or drawing figures. However, the level of irrationality in this allegation is simply breathtaking.

Administrators in this area seem to relish the absolute application of these rules as if zero tolerance means zero thought. The assumption appears to be that “I cannot get into trouble by being too strict.” The wonderful thing about a policy described as “zero tolerance” is that it can excuse teachers from having to make logical judgments. For anyone to even suggest changing this boy’s signed name shows a complete disinterest in actual facts and equities of the case. Once again, it teaches our students to accept senseless and arbitrary authority — a dangerous lesson for future citizens.
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Consfearacynewz said Jan 30, 2013 03:40:23
Boy suspended for pointing chicken finger like gun
Eight year-old Christopher Kissinger from Jonesboro, Arkansas was suspended from school last week for pointing a chicken finger from the school's cafeteria at a teacher and saying "Pow, pow, pow." The boy received a three day suspension.

The Jonesboro School District has a zero tolerance policy against weapons, and the chicken finger apparently violated that policy in this incident. According to South Elementary principal Dan Sullivan, the punishment "depends on the tone, the demeanor, and in some manner you judge the intent. It's not the object in the hand, it's the thought in the mind. Is a plastic fork worse than a metal fork? Is a pencil a weapon?"

Unfortunately, Christopher's case isn't unique. Zero tolerance policies against weapons in schools have gone too far since various high-profile incidents of violence in high schools throughout the US. Ben Ratner was expelled from Blue Ridge Middle School in Virginia for violating his school's weapons policy after he took a knife away from a friend who was threatening suicide. A 15-year-old Florida student was suspended because his nail clippers included a file.
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Consfearacynewz said Jan 30, 2013 03:41:49
School Rules Tiny Candy Canes Weapons

A high school Christmas sweater club gets in trouble for passing out tiny candy canes in school. Administrator tells one kid"candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and stab people with them".
http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/holiday-terror-weaponized-candy-canes_12212010
Yeah, because kids in school don't have anything else to stab other students with - like say a pencil.

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/holiday-terror-weaponized-candy-canes_12212010
It would have seemed ridiculous a decade ago, but in today’s terror prone world it’s become business as usual. The latest threat?

Candy Canes.

If reports are to be believed, administrators at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, VA punished ten members of the school’s Christmas Sweater Club for participating in the spreading of Christmas cheer, part of which included the tossing of small, individually wrapped candy canes to students.

According to accounts by several students, the school punished them with detention and cleanup work because the popular holiday treats pose a possible threat to others due to the ease of weaponizing the candy canes.

Skylar Torbett, a junior, says he was told, “candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and stab people with them.” Zakk Rhine, another member of the club, was told that the candy canes could, “maliciously maim students with the intent to injure.”

School administrators deny the allegations, citing unruly behavior, littering and creating a disturbance. The official student “referrals” sent to parents made no mention of candy canes or the possibility that they could be used to maim or wound.

One can surmise that the students, being part of a cheer club, may have been somewhat excited about Christmas and may have engaged in some unruly behavior while tossing candy canes and spreading the Christmas spirit. However, the reports that candy cane weaponization may have played a roll in the punishments cannot be completely dismissed given that children in federally funded public schools across the nation have been subject to disciplinary action for things like holding a hand in the shape of a gun, drawing a weapon or even writing stories that contain hints of violence.

Now that the threat of candy canes as weapons has been identified, it’s only a matter of time before school administrators across the nation realize that disasters may loom around every corner and they’ve been there unbeknownst to most for quite some time. Pencils and pens, of course, should be first on the list, as they are already weaponized and can be easily transformed from educational tools to deadly weapons. Lockers, backpacks and even books may also potentially lead to violence and injury.
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Consfearacynewz said Jan 30, 2013 03:44:32
Student carrying nerf gun prompts panic at Bronx elementary school

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/bronx-public-school-lockdown-report-armed-student-article-1.1250183#ixzz2JQWl6ZWa
A student carrying a Nerf gun caused a temporary panic and a 75-minute lockdown at a Bronx school Tuesday morning, police said.

Nervous authorities closed off Public School 4 after an employee overheard two students talking about the “weapon” as they headed into the Crotona Park school, cops said.

The worker quickly went to a school administrator with the report, and the K-8 school on Fulton Ave. was shut down at about 8:15 a.m.

Parents soon gathered outside the school as word of the scare spread.

“When we showed up, it was pure chaos,” said Mary Soto, whose granddaughter Jada Lopez is a kindergarten student at the school.

“There were parents, students, cops everywhere. They had the kids hiding under tables and in closets. The kids were really scared.”

It turned out the 12-year-old student’s “gun” was a harmless weapon that fires foam bullets — but that didn’t calm down parents.

Vanessa Sanchez, whose son Adam is a first-grader, complained she and others were kept in the dark about the incident.

“When I called, they said nothing was going on,” said Sanchez, 38. “It’s just incredible that something like this, whether it’s real or not, can happen and there’s no system to contact parents.”



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Consfearacynewz said Jan 30, 2013 03:47:40
Boy's army hat violates drugs and weapons policy at US school in Rhode Island
AN eight-year-old boy violated his Rhode Island school's no drugs and weapons policy after wearing an army hat he made to honour the US armed forces.
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WPRI said David Morales made the camouflage hat as a school project but when he wore it to class, Tiogue School officials told him it violated their policy that prohibits students from bringing drugs or weapons to school.

Officials at the Conventry school said David violated the policy because he had stuck toy soldiers holding guns to the hat.

The Morales family disagreed with the policy but said they would respectfully obey the rules.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/boys-army-hat-violates-drugs-and-weapons-policy-at-us-school-in-rhode-island/story-e6frf7jx-1225880898797
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Consfearacynewz said Jan 30, 2013 04:17:35
Student suspended for chicken finger gun

http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2001/05/31/ns_chicken010531.html

The mother of an eight-year-old boy is questioning the suspension of her son from the Ragged Island Consolidated School, near Lockeport.

Billy Barnes was sent home for a day after he pointed a breaded chicken finger at another child and said "bang."

His mother Rhonda says it was only a chicken finger, not a gun, and he didn't deserve to be suspended.

It was Billy's second suspension. Earlier this year he pointed his own finger at someone and said "bang."

The director of the Tri-County District School Board says he's reviewing the matter.
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Consfearacynewz said Jan 30, 2013 04:48:42
VIDEO AT LINK...
http://www.prisonplanet.com/discussion-about-toy-nerf-gun-causes-lockdown-at-bronx-elementary-schools.html

Discussion About Toy Nerf Gun Causes Lockdown at Bronx Elementary Schools
Hysteria: Police with assault rifles, helicopters hunted for non-existent object as parents panicked

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
January 29, 2013

A discussion between two children about a toy nerf gun caused a lockdown and a massive armed police response at two elementary schools in the Bronx today in yet another example of how hysteria is sweeping America’s education system in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings.

Panicked parents rushed to the two schools on Fulton Avenue and East 174th Street today after heavily armed police were called to respond to reports of a gun on campus. The alarm was caused by a campus aide overhearing a student say “something about a gun.”

The “gun” turned out to be a brightly-colored toy nerf gun that fires harmless foam bullets, and the child in question hadn’t even brought the toy to school.

“The 12-year-old boy told police he was talking to a classmate about his toy Nerf gun, which he left at home,” reports the NY Post, meaning the object that caused the panic was never even on campus.

The two schools were locked down for over an hour with pupils kept inside as police with weapons drawn hunted down the deadly non-existent toy gun.

“It’s nerve racking. There are police officers here with assault rifles and there are helicopters flying around. It’s really scary out here,” said parent Jacklyn Williams.

“When I got to the school, it was crazy,” added Vanessa Sanchez, a mother of a first-grader. “People were yelling and running around. There was a huge group of people in the park across the street. I was really nervous and worried. I didn’t know what happened to my son. I want to make sure he was safe.”

“Two students from P.S. 171 said they were told to crouch under their desks during the sweep,” reports MyFoxNY.

The lockdown ended at 9:30am.

The boy “could face some kind of discipline from the school” for merely discussing the toy gun with his classmate, reports the NY Daily News.

This is undoubtedly the most ridiculous example of hysteria that has gripped America’s school system in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, but it is by no means the first.

Earlier this month, a Long Island high school was also placed on lock down for 6 hours in response to a student carrying a toy nerf gun.

Last week, a South Philadelphia elementary student was searched in front of classmates and threatened with arrest after she mistakenly brought a “paper gun” to school.

A 6-year-old boy was suspended from his elementary school in Maryland for making a gun gesture with his hand and saying “pow”.

Days later another two 6-year-olds in Maryland were suspended for pointing their fingers into gun shapes while playing “cops and robbers” with each other.

In Oklahoma, a five-year-old boy was also recently suspended for making a gun gesture with his hand.

A 13-year-old Middle School seventh grade student in Pennsylvania was also suspended for the same hand gesture.
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Consfearacynewz said Feb 02, 2013 09:28:36
A freshman at Poston Butte High School said he was suspended from school for possessing a picture of a gun.

According to ABC15.com, Daniel McClaine Jr. saved a picture of an AK-47 on top of a flag on his school-issued computer. While McClaine had intended to use the picture as his desktop background, a teacher noticed the image and turned him in.

For his actions, McClaine was suspended Friday, as the picture was in violation of district policy which states that students are prohibited from "sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures."

"This gun wallpaper does not show anything that's violent. It's not showing anybody getting shot in any way," McClaine told ABC15.com. "It's just a picture of a gun. It's nothing -- nobody getting shot, nobody getting it pointed at them, it's nothing."

In response to McClaine's suspension, a spokeswoman with the Florence Unified School District released the following statement:

Although we cannot specifically discuss student discipline, we can certainly agree that violence in schools is a sensitive and timely issue. Students, parents and staff are on edge, and the daily news delivers more reasons for caution. All of us must work together to protect our kids and to cultivate an environment that is conducive to learning.

McClaine's suspension will last three days.
- See more at: http://www.ktar.com/22/1606915/Student-suspended-for-possessing-gun-photo#sthash.SxgLHjKU.W5gnT3Rt.dpuf
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Consfearacynewz said Feb 08, 2013 01:14:54
A seven-year-old boy was suspended from his elementary school for using an imaginary grenade while playing "Rescue the World" on the playground.

The story was featured on Fox 31 Denver. Second-grader Alex Evans pretended to throw a grenade into a box full of, in his words, "pretend evil forces."

"I pretended the box, there's something shaking in it, and I go pshhh," Alex explained.

Unfortunately for Alex, his exploits (heroic as they were) went against Mary Blair Elementary School rules. Those rules include no fighting (real or pretend) and no weapons (real or pretend).

Alex's mom commented that she doesn't think the rule is practical. "Honestly I don’t think the rule is very realistic for kids this age,” Mandie Watkins said. "I think that when a child is trying to save the world, I don’t think he should be punished for it."

Alex is just as perplexed as his mom. "I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended," he told Fox 31.

A similar incident took place last month in Pennsylvania when a fifth-grade girl was reprimanded by school officials for bringing a piece of paper in the shape of gun to class.
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/2nd-grader-suspended-over-imaginary-grenade-224740937.html
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Consfearacynewz said Feb 17, 2013 00:54:34
A seven-year-old boy was suspended from his elementary school for using an imaginary grenade while playing "Rescue the World" on the playground.

The story was featured on Fox 31 Denver. Second-grader Alex Evans pretended to throw a grenade into a box full of, in his words, "pretend evil forces."

"I pretended the box, there's something shaking in it, and I go pshhh," Alex explained.

Unfortunately for Alex, his exploits (heroic as they were) went against Mary Blair Elementary School rules. Those rules include no fighting (real or pretend) and no weapons (real or pretend).

Alex's mom commented that she doesn't think the rule is practical. "Honestly I don’t think the rule is very realistic for kids this age,” Mandie Watkins said. "I think that when a child is trying to save the world, I don’t think he should be punished for it."

Alex is just as perplexed as his mom. "I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended," he told Fox 31.

A similar incident took place last month in Pennsylvania when a fifth-grade girl was reprimanded by school officials for bringing a piece of paper in the shape of gun to class.
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/2nd-grader-suspended-over-imaginary-grenade-224740937.html
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RickMatheson said Feb 17, 2013 18:41:10
WWII shovel causes Meridian middle school lockdown
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/02/14/2452018/wwiishovel-causes-meridian-middle.html
Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/02/14/2452018/wwiishovel-causes-meridian-middle.html#storylink=cpy

Schools in Meridian, Idaho went into full “prison mode”after a student who brought a folding shovel to Heritage Middle School in Meridian, Idaho prompted the school’s “resource officer” to call for a full lockdown.

Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea told KTVB news that the youngster had been seen “jogging out of the school, then back into the school with what [staff] was an axe.” After the “resource officer” called for a lockdown, police arrived “seconds” later, set up a perimeter, and deployed “search teams” to confront the “suspect” – an innocent teen who had brought the shovel to serve as a prop in a classroom presentation. Meanwhile, students at four nearby schools were put into “shelter in place” mode – that is, they were confined to their classrooms until police at Heritage Middle School gave the all-clear.

All of this occurred, once again, because a junior high school student brought a shovel to school, and none of the purported adults on campus was blessed with the presence of mind to approach the kid and find out what he was doing. Interestingly, the state stenographers in the local media referred to the farm implement as a “military-style shovel,” a cosmetic designation that might someday be seized on by Commissarina Feinstein when she and her comrades seek to deprive the public of any implement that could possibly be used against their tax-feeding overlords.

The militarization of government schools has reached a point at which a tangible “threat” like a shovel is no longer necessary. On February 5, three schools in Yuma, Arizona were placed on lockdown as the result of what was later described as a “rumor” of a gun on campus. Officers from two local law enforcement departments and two federal agencies – many of them kitted out in full combat attire – were mobilized for the operation. Following an evacuation each of the school campuses was subjected to a systematic search. The students were held in custody for more than three hours before being released.

As such examples of reflexive overkill multiply, we will have frequent opportunities to recall the admonition given to the School Resource Officer Corps by soi-disant “tactical and counter-terrorism expert” John Giduck at a 2007 professional retreat at Orlando’s Disney World:

"You've got to be a one-man fighting force.... You've got to have enough guns, and ammunition and body armor to stay alive.... You should be walking around in schools every day in complete tactical equipment, with semi-automatic weapons.... You can no longer afford to think of yourselves as peace officers.... You must think of yourself [sic] as soldiers in a war because we're going to ask you to act like soldiers." (Emphasis added.)

Apparently Giduck wants SROs to see themselves as the domestic equivalent of U.S. soldiers patrolling Fallujah – and this is likely to get innocent kids killed.

In Iraq, US occupation forces were taught to consider shovels as evidence of potential hostile intent: They could be used to bury IEDs, or even employed as close-combat weapons. They could also be used to cover up incidents in which U.S. troops shot and killed unarmed Iraqi civilians. Jason Moon, who served with the U.S. Army in Iraq, recalls that troops were instructed to carry “drop shovels” that could be placed near the bodies of non-combatants they had killed. This was done so that the dead civilian could “retroactively” be classified as a suspected insurgent.

Given the mindset propagated by Giduck and his ilk, it’s possible that next time a junior high school student brings a shovel to school he could find himself injured or killed by the “resource officers” deployed on campus for the supposed purpose of protecting him.
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RickMatheson said Feb 18, 2013 21:19:44
Ten Year Old Arrested For Toy Gun Has Probation Officer, Lawyers And Second Court Date

Could end up with permanent criminal record

Steve Watson
Prisonplanet.com
Feb 18, 2013
Ten Year Old Arrested For Toy Gun Has Probation Officer, Lawyers And Second Court Date

A ten year old Virginia boy who was arrested earlier this month for taking a plastic toy gun to school is facing a potentially permanent criminal record over the incident.

The boy, who remains unnamed by the media, hit headlines after Douglas MacArthur Elementary School officials searched his bag and found an orange tipped plastic toy gun, following complaints from parents who said their children had seen the boy playing with the fake firearm on the school bus.

Instead of exercising common sense, the school officials called the police, and the boy was taken into custody.

The next day he was fingerprinted, photographed, and questioned in a small courtroom, according to his mother Nakicha Gilbert, who spoke with The Washington Post recently.

Gilbert told reporters that she felt people were left with the impression that her son had “a real gun in there and he was waving it around and ready to kill the whole school.”

“It was a toy,” Gilbert said. “A toy,” adding that the boy, who also has had no idea he had done anything wrong.

She says that her son, who has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, was forced to answer questions about Miranda rights, and has now been issued a probation officer and a second court date to face criminal charges.

“This is how kids get caught up in the system,” the mother said.

A local disadvantaged students association has been outspoken on the case. Tina Hone, founder of the Coalition of The Silence, said “This is such an over-the-top reaction.”

“How can you go from a toy gun to a criminal charge and a probation officer?” Hone asked.

Even the parent who made the initial complaint to the school about the “gun”, says that the case has been taken too far. “It’s such a bad handling of the situation, it was ridiculous,”Rebecca Edwards said.

In addition to being arrested and charged, the boy was suspended for 6 days with a recommendation for expulsion. He now attends a different school.

Douglas MacArthur School officials say they are following procedure, as well as state laws.

Although this seems to be one of the most extreme cases of children being disciplined over toy guns and gun gestures, it is far from isolated. As we have seen over the past few weeks, in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, it is now a daily occurrence.

Ealier this month, a student in Florence, Arizona was suspended because he had a picture of a gun on his computer.

At the beginning of the month, it was reported that a six-year-old kindergartner in South Carolina was suspended for taking a small transparent plastic toy gun to school for a show and tell.

A day before that incident we reported on the five-year-old in Massachusetts who faced suspension for building a small toy gun out of lego bricks and play-shooting his classmates.

We also reported on an incident that erupted when a discussion between two children about a toy nerf gun caused a lockdown and a massive armed police response at two elementary schools in the Bronx.

In another incident, a Long Island high school was also placed on lock down for 6 hours in response to a student carrying a toy nerf gun.

In yet another recent incident, a five-year-old girl was suspended after a three hour grilling, and described as a “terroristic threat” when she brought a pink bubble gun to school.

A South Philadelphia elementary student was searched in front of classmates and threatened with arrest after she mistakenly brought a “paper gun” to school.

A 6-year-old boy was suspended from his elementary school in Maryland for making a gun gesture with his hand and saying “pow”.

Days after that incident, another two 6-year-olds in Maryland were suspended for pointing their fingers into gun shapes while playing “cops and robbers” with each other.

In Oklahoma, a five-year-old boy was also recently suspended for making a gun gesture with his hand.

And finally, a 13-year-old Middle School seventh grade student in Pennsylvania was also suspended for the same hand gesture.
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