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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.
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.

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Consfearacynewz said Mar 01, 2013 23:27:40

First on Fox: 7-Year-Old Joshua was suspended this morning from Park Elementary School in Brooklyn Park. Joshua says he was eating a pastry during snack time and trying to shape it into a mountain, the teacher said it looked like a gun and took him to the principal's office. Joshua's parents were called, he has been suspended for two days. Joshua's father says it's ridiculous since no one was threatened or harmed by the pastry. A letter will be going home to all students of Park Elementary School this afternoon. School officials declined to comment due to privacy issues. Kathleen Cairns Fox Baltimore spoke to the family and will have the full story on FOX45 News at 5 and 5:30.
BROOKLYN PARK, MD -- Josh Welch, a 7-year-old student at Park Elementary, was suspended from his government school after a teacher thought that his pastry looked too much like a gun. Josh says he was trying to make it look like a mountain.

What the father posted on WBFF FOX 45's wall this morning!!!

" My seven year old son attends the second grade at Park Elementary school in Anne Arundel County. This morning, the assistant principal called me and said that my son has been suspended for two days because he fashioned a "gun" out of his breakfast pastry and went "bang bang". The principal told me that the basis for the suspension is threatening students. So when children are playing guns outside are they threatening each other? People would say they are just playing. So as soon as they walk into school that same action becomes a threat? The principal said he may have scared someone. I asked if anyone acted scared or complained of being scared. She said no. So I asked if this was an assumption that someone was scared. I asked her if she thought that the students were frightened by my child's actions, don't you think they are petrified by the two officers out front that have loaded glocks on their hip? That question was bypassed with the principal saying that people are just afraid of guns. I asked the principal if SHE disliked guns and she said she did not like them. Sounds pretty biased to me. We can't allow this anymore. These people forget that if it wasn't for guns they would not live in a free country. We cant allow children to be removed from school for playing a simple game. Tell the child to stop and that will be the end of it. Schools need to focus on educating and stopping REAL threats, not children playing games. My son didn't hurt anyone nor did he attempt to hurt anyone. This cannot go on any longer"
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Consfearacynewz said Mar 01, 2013 23:37:16
6-Year-Old Md. Student Suspended For Making Gun Gesture In Class
Officials from Roscoe Nix Elementary School (pictured) in Silver Spring, Md., suspended a student after he made a gun gesture with his hands and pointed it at a classmate, according to the Examiner.

The incident happened one week after the Sandy Hook shootings. The boy’s family received a letter from Assistant Principal Renee Garraway, telling them he was receiving a one-day suspension. He had also been spoken to on a previous incident.

Your son…was involved in a serious incident, the letter said. [He] threatened to shoot a student. He was spoken to earlier today about a similar incident.

While the school claims the boy threatened a classmate, the family’s attorney questioned their claim,”They won’t say what the similar incident is,” Robin Ficker told the Examiner. “It just shows the overreaction.”

Ficker says that the school should’ve met with the student’s mother before authorizing the suspension. “They could have called the mother in. They didn’t do that. They just said, ‘You’re suspended.’” Ficker also noted that the unknown reason for his suspension may come back to haunt the boy later on, “Five years from now, when someone in Montgomery County looks at his permanent record, they’re going to see that he threatened to shoot another student.”

Ficker denied any malice on the child’s part.

“What they’re doing is looking at the worst possible interpretation of a young, naive 6-year-old,” he said. “This is a little child who can’t form the intent to do anything like that.”`

The family continues to fight the ruling, even though the suspension period has already passed. Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Dana Tofig denied comment on the matter, though he did say that parents are kept informed of behavioral changes in their children.

“Generally, in an incident involving the behavior of our younger students, we will make sure that the student and family are well-informed of any behavior that needs to change and understand the consequences if the behavior does not change,” Tofig said. “And that’s especially true if the behavior is affecting the learning environment or how safe another student feels.”
Consfearacynewz said Mar 02, 2013 02:07:03

An autistic student was taken from his government school and thrown in jail because he allegedly joked about selling a sugar packet in the cafeteria.

“It was very obviously sugar, within a wrapper, candy wrapper. They knew they weren’t dealing with any drug” said Pence.

The sugar packets used by the 16 year old were taken to the Miami Valley Crime Lab for further analysis. The case is still under investigation.

The teen’s parents are now considering alternative schools for their son.
Consfearacynewz said Mar 02, 2013 02:08:02

Children are being arrested by police officers in school for kissing, food fights, using perfume, doodling on a desk, throwing paper airplanes, and more!
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Consfearacynewz said Mar 02, 2013 02:09:41

TALBOT COUNTY, MD -- Two first-graders have been suspended from their government school because they pointed their fingers at each other and said "Pow" during a game of Cops & Robbers.

This is the second time a Maryland child has been suspended for such play. Earlier this month, 6-year-old Rodney Lynch was suspended from his Montgomery County school after pretending to fire an imaginary gun more than once.

“Just pointing your fingers like this and then she did the pow sound and I just went like that and then I got sent to the office again,” Lynch said.
Consfearacynewz said Mar 02, 2013 05:44:52

AMBRIDGE, PA -- An entire school district was put into lockdown because someone mistook the lyrics in someone's cell phone ringtone to be an imminent threat to the school. After hearing the ringtone, a 9-1-1 call was placed and a dramatic 30 minute lockdown took place. The 19-year-old student was detained, searched, and questioned.

The lyrics came from the theme song to Will Smith's "Fresh Prince of Bel Air." The line "shooting some b-ball outside of school" was taken to be a threat.
Consfearacynewz said Mar 08, 2013 00:57:12
Anti Gun Hysteria in Schools Continues – 6 Yr Old Suspended for TALKING About TOY Guns

Well, to be honest, we didn’t think we’d get to this point quite yet. We thought it would take at least a few more months before students got suspended for TALKING about guns, but apparently we just went ahead and surpassed that.

In WA a six year old boy was sent home from school and initially suspended after talking about TOY guns to his classmates.

According, Aguirre said he and his wife were told their son was suspended for talking about guns at school, and because the girl who reported him felt her “health and safety were threatened” when they were called to the school last week. Officials said the issue is addressed in the district’s discipline handbook in the section on student rights and responsibilities.
But Aguirre said there’s no provision that students are prohibited from talking about guns at school, nor did the district provide evidence that the boy threatened to harm a student.

The suspension was later overturned on appeal from the parents, but the fact that they even had to do that and the child had to be sent home is a travesty.
Consfearacynewz said Mar 08, 2013 14:02:05

Childhood Icon Off Limits to our American Children Now?

Video & Article linked below:
A local third grader who took cupcakes to class in celebration of his 9th birthday was told a topping on those cupcakes was inappropriate.

Last week, Casey Fountain's third-grade son had a birthday party at his school in Caro. His wife decided to whip up 30 cupcakes for the boy's classmates. She topped the treats with plastic army guys like the ones countless boys and girls have played with for decades. Fountain says he never thought his innocent act of party planning would lead to controversy.

Fountain says the principal of Schall Elementary School called him personally and told him that dressing the cupcakes with soldiers was, in the principal's words, "insensitive" considering recent gun-related tragedies. Fountain says the principal was referring to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

That didn't sit too well with Fountain, and he says his frustration prompted him to call TV5.

The green plastic figurines are representations of WWII soldiers, and Fountain said he doesn't see a comparison to Sandy Hook.

The school is standing by its decision to remove the Army soldiers from the cupcakes. The school's principal, Susan Wright, didn't want to go on camera with TV5 on Thursday, but did release a statement:

"In the climate of recent events in schools we walk a delicate balance in teaching non-violence in our buildings and trying to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere. On one hand, there are those who advocate arming teachers, having armed security guards and creating a fortress of defense in our schools. On the other hand, there are those who feel that guns create fear in schools and we need to put solid security measures in place plus practice routines to be prepared in case an emergency should ever occur. Living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions.

Recently, a third grade boy brought cupcakes to school with plastic soldiers carrying weapons atop each one. These are toys that were commonplace in the past. However some parents prohibit all guns as toys. In light of that difference, the school offered to replace the soldiers with another item and the soldiers were returned home with the student.

In hindsight, one can always second guess a course of action. Schools walk a tightrope on many topics. By not permitting toy soldiers on cupcakes at school, no disrespect for our military or for the brave men and women who defend our right to have differences was intended. Our commitment is always to our children and creating a safe place for them to learn, grow and have respectful dialogues about their differences".

In the end, Fountain wants to set the record straight. He says just because he disagrees with the school's decision it doesn't mean he doesn't care about the safety of school kids.
Consfearacynewz said May 08, 2013 22:29:34
Boy Who Held Pencil Like Gun Suspended

A Suffolk, Virginia school suspended a second grader for pointing a pencil at another student and making gun noises.

Boy who held pencil like gun suspended
School has "zero tolerance" weapons policy

Updated: Tuesday, 07 May 2013, 12:59 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 06 May 2013, 5:33 PM EDT

Anne McNamara

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Suffolk school suspended a second grader for pointing a pencil at another student and making gun noises.

Seven-year-old Christopher Marshall says he was playing with another student in class Friday, when the teacher at Driver Elementary asked them to stop pointing pencils at each other.

"When I asked him about it, he said, 'Well I was being a Marine and the other guy was being a bad guy,'" said Paul Marshall, the boy's father. "It's as simple as that."

Christopher's father was a Marine for many years. He thinks school leaders overreacted.

"A pencil is a weapon when it is pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made," said Bethanne Bradshaw, a spokesperson for Suffolk Public Schools.

The Suffolk school system has a "zero tolerance policy" when it comes to weapons. And, Bradshaw admits, that policy has tightened up in recent years because of widely publicized school shootings.

"Some children would consider it threatening, who are scared about shootings in schools or shootings in the community," said Bradshaw. "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."

But Christopher's parents say school administrators failed to use common sense. Christopher has good grades and no history of being disruptive in class. They pointed out a line on the suspension notice, where the teacher wrote, "I told him to stop and he did."

"Enough is enough," said Paul Marshall. "I see it as the tail is now wagging the dog."

And while Christopher can play freely at home, he says he won't pretend to play with guns at school in the future.

Bethanne Bradshaw with Suffolk Public Schools says both students were suspended for two days. The other student was also 7 years old.

According to school policy, suspensions can last up to 10 days. The school makes that determination based on the situation, the student's age and behavioral history.
RickMatheson said May 09, 2013 16:22:15
Police warned girl, 10, 'chalk hopscotch grid on path was criminal damage'

A schoolgirl was allegedly warned by police that drawing a hopscotch grid on the pavement with chalk was against the law, it has been reported.

Officers reportedly reprimanded Lilly Allen, 10, earlier this week, saying the traditional game’s outline she drew on the pavement was akin to criminal damage.

The schoolgirl was said to have been given the warning by two unnamed officers as she played the centuries-old skipping outside her home in Ramsgate, Kent, the Sun reported.

She was issued the warning after making the outlines in white chalk, which washes away in rain.

Her father, Robert Allen, 51, was left angered by the suggestions and has since lodged a formal complaint to Kent Police over the incident, which occurred on Monday.

After posting a picture of the grid on his Facebook page, the pub entertainer joked: “I call her Banksy now.”

Scores of his friends commented on the posting, labelling the police comments as “ridiculous”.

Jeanette Elliott wrote: “It's crazy it's what we all did as kids the worlds gone mad!”

Vernon Vandell added: “Poor many weeks basic training do they have to do before they are 'qualified'? He'll be nicking the toddlers for leaving tricycles unattende [sic] next!”

It is understood that police were today “trying to establish” which officers may have spoken to the girl.

“We cannot currently trace any car being in the area at the time,” one source told The Daily Telegraph.

Mr Allen, who is known as Bob, was unavailable for comment today. But he told the tabloid newspaper: “Two policemen in a car drove up to her and said it was illegal to draw on the floor as it was criminal damage.

"I am absolutely seething they have done this."

A Kent Police spokesman said in a statement: "We are trying to trace the officers, who are reported to have made this comment.

"From the circumstances described, it would not appear to have been necessary to advise the young girl that chalking a hopscotch grid may be criminal damage and illegal."

Hopscotch, which children hop from box to box in a set pattern, has been played for centuries and is so popular many schools and playgrounds have grids inbuilt.
Consfearacynewz said May 15, 2013 16:11:49
7-year-old Nabbed on Felony BB Gun Charges
“They told us that they considered it to be a violent felony — discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle,”

Sam Grant nearly celebrated his eighth birthday party in jail.

The North Carolina boy had been charged with two felony counts of discharging his BB gun.

The parents of a then-seven-year-old North Carolina boy are beyond angry after their son was charged with two felony counts of possessing a BB gun. Just moments before the child was expected to answer to the allegations before a Catawba County judge — the charges were dropped.

Sam’s parents, Ray and Cherry Robbins told Fox News they are both relieved and angry over what happened to their son.

“They considered his BB gun a firearm,” Ray said. “”It’s not a firearm. It’s a BB gun.”

The trouble started last month when Sam was in the backyard of their rural home shooting his BB gun. His mother stepped inside to put dinner in the oven – telling the boy not to run off.

But Sam’s curiosity got the best of him — and he scampered out of the backyard – and fired his BB gun at an abandoned house across the street. In doing so, he accidentally hit a passing car.

Cherry immediately call the sheriff’s department and offered to pay for the damage to the car. The deputy sheriff took a report but said he wasn’t going to press charges and neither was the driver.

Instead, Sam’s parents took responsibility, paid for the damages and administered parental justice.

Sam got punished. They took away his BB gun and made him do community service at their local church.

“We wanted to teach him responsibility so he’s been cleaning up around the church and polishing pews to repay the $350 it cost to repair the car,” Robbins told Fox News.

But their world got rocked when the received a letter from the Department of Juvenile Justice summoning the family to court.

“They told us that they considered it to be a violent felony — discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle,” Robbins said. “It was crazy. We completely disagreed with the charges.”

Their son – was now facing the prospect of a year on probation, hundreds of hours of community service and a criminal record.

“We couldn’t imagine Sam standing in front of the court — as a judge read him the charges,” he said. “How is he supposed to understand that? He’s eight years old.”

The day before his court appearance, Sam celebrated his birthday — but there wasn’t much to celebrate.

“That night he was shaking – he was so cared he was shaking,” Robbins said. “He didn’t know what going to court meant but he knew that it was serious.”

The following day, they showed up for Sam’s hearing. But their court-appointed lawyer ushered the family into a room and told them the charges had been dropped.

“I really feel like it was a political thing,” he said. “It’s election season in our county and they didn’t have anything better to do than charge an eight-year-old boy. They got the anti-gun people revved up.”

Robbins said his son is a good boy who made a bad mistake.

“My wife and I were just completely torn up over the whole thing,” he said. “My son — he didn’t understand the severity of the charge but he understood the severity of what he did.”

And he was especially angry at local officials.

“It was infuriating what they wanted to do to that child,” he said. “This whole gun control thing is just nuts. For them to use a minor child — to prove a point and make an example — for certain groups — is just crazy.”

Life around the Robbins house is slowly returning to normal — but it’s going to be quite some time before Sam gets to shoot his BB gun.

“He’s got to earn that privilege,” Robbins told Fox News.

In the meantime — father and son are spending the weekend fishing.
Consfearacynewz said May 15, 2013 16:13:42
School: Americans Don’t Have Right to Bear Arms

The father of a Connecticut child is furious after discovering that his son’s school is teaching students that Americans don’t have a Second Amendment right to bear arms.

“I am appalled,” said Steven Boibeaux, of Bristol. “It sounds to me like they are trying to indoctrinate our kids.”

Boibeaux’s son is an eighth grader at Northeast Middle School. On Monday his social studies teacher gave students a worksheet titled, ‘The Second Amendment Today.’

“The courts have consistently determined that the Second Amendment does not ensure each individual the right to bear arms,” the worksheet states. “The courts have never found a law regulating the private ownership of weapons unconstitutional.amendment

The worksheet, published by Instructional Fair, goes on to say that the Second Amendment is not incorporated against the states.

“This means that the rights of this amendment are not extended to the individual citizens of the states,” the worksheet reads. “So a person has no right to complain about a Second Amendment violation by state laws.”

According to the document, the Second Amendment “only provides the right of a state to keep an armed National Guard.”

Boibeaux said he discovered the worksheet as he was going over his son’s homework assignments.

“I’m more than a little upset about this,” he told Fox News. “It’s not up to the teacher to determine what the Constitution means.”

Mat Staver, the founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, called the lesson propaganda – that is “absolutely false.”

“In fact, the US Supreme Court has affirmed that the Second Amendment ensures the individual the right to bear arms,” Staver told Fox News. “The progressive interpretation of the Second Amendment is that it doesn’t give you the right to bear arms – that it’s a corporate right of the government – but that has been rejected by the Courts.”

Boibeaux’s son’s teacher also told the students that the Constitution is a “living document.”

As noted in the worksheet provided to students – that means “the interpretation changes to meet the needs of the times.”

“The judges and courts of each generation provide the interpretation of the document,” the worksheet states.

Boibeaux called that concept mind-boggling.

It’s not up to the teacher to determine what the Constitution means,” he said. “If you want to learn about the Constitution, recite it word for word.”

Staver said the idea that the Constitution is a living document is another progressive tactic.

“This idea that this school is propagating that the Constitution can simply be changed at the whim of someone – or that the Second Amendment does not protect the individual right to bear arms is absolute propaganda and absolutely false,” Staver said.

Boibeaux said he’s demanding meetings with the principal as well as the board of education.

“I just don’t appreciate this as a parent,” he said. “I expect teachers to teach my kids and tell the truth – not what they think their point of view is.”

Ellen Solek, the superintendent of the school district, told Fox News they have now decided to pull the assignment from the classroom.

“It is no longer an assignment in that particular school,” she said, noting that it was an “administration decision in the best interest of the district.”

She refused to answer any questions about the content of the lesson, how it became a part of the curriculum or how many students were assigned the lesson. She also refused to acknowledge whether the school will apologize to students and parents.

“No comment, thank you,” she said.
Consfearacynewz said May 31, 2013 16:55:05
Kindergartner Suspended For Cap-Gun, Interrogated Until He Wet Himself

A kindergartner in Calvert County, Maryland, was given a 10-day suspension after he brought a cowboy-style cap gun onto his school bus so that he could show it to show a friend.

The boy’s parents say he was questioned for more than two hours before the school called his mother. His mother said during that interrogation her 5-year-old son, uncharacteristically, wet his pants.

A kindergartner in Calvert County, Maryland, was given a 10-day suspension after he brought a cowboy-style cap gun onto his school bus so that he could show it to show a friend.

The boy’s parents say he was questioned for more than two hours before the school called his mother. His mother said during that interrogation her 5-year-old son, uncharacteristically, wet his pants.

“The school was quite obviously taking it very seriously, and he’s 5 years old,” said his mother, who asked not to be named to protect the boy’s privacy. “Why were we not immediately contacted?”

School officials also questioned the boy’s older sister, a first-grader, before speaking with their parents.

“I have no problem that he had a consequence to his behavior,” said his mother. “What I have a problem with is the severity.”

The orange-tipped, plastic cap gun is a toy the boy bought at Frontier Town, a western-theme campground. He says he brought the toy to show a friend who brought a water gun to school the day before.

The family’s attorney appealed the suspension Thursday, asking the punishment be lifted and removed from the boy’s record.

Jennifer L. Young, the principal at Dowell Elementary School in Lusby, called the boy’s mother at 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday and told her that her son had wet his pants. She also claimed the boy simulated shooting someone on the school bus with his cap gun, which the kindergartner denies.

His mother did not know the boy was carrying his cap gun to school in his backpack. He explained to his mother that he “really, really” wanted to show it to his friend.

Young told the mother that if there had actually been caps in the gun, which make a loud pop when fired and usually emit a puff of smoke, the school would have had to report the explosive to the police.

Family attorney Rob Ficker said the incident should have served as a teachable moment. “Kids play cowboys and Indians,” he said. “They play cops and robbers. You’re talking about a little 5-year-old here.”

A disciplinary conference Friday will review the incident to determine the most appropriate outcome, said Kim Roof, executive director of administration for Calvert schools.

Sources: Washington Post, Daily Caller
Consfearacynewz said Jun 02, 2013 00:09:47
WOW, The Prison Industrial Complex has taken over the Public Fool System!!

Cops Nab 5-Year-Old for Wearing Wrong Color Shoes to School

In Mississippi, if kindergarteners violate the dress code or act out in class, they may end up in the back of a police car.

A story about one five-year-old particularly stands out. The little boy was required to wear black shoes to school. Because he didn’t have black shoes, his mom used a marker to cover up his white and red sneakers. A bit of red and white were still noticeable, so the child was taken home by the cops.

The child was escorted out of school so he and his mother would be taught a lesson.

Ridiculous? Perhaps. But incidents such as this are happening across Mississippi. A new report, “Handcuffs on Success: The Extreme School Discipline Crisis in Mississippi Public Schools,” exposes just how bad it’s become.

Released on January 17, the report is a joint project between state chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Mississippi Coalition for the Prevention of Schoolhouse to Jailhouse and the Advancement Project.

The report examined more than 100 school districts and claimed that black students are affected by harsh disciplinary actions at a much greater rate than their white peers. It notes that “for every one white student who is given an out-of-school suspension, three black students are suspended, even though black students comprise just half of the student population.”

Carlos McCray, an associate professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Education in the Education Leadership Administration Program, says, “Research has shown that students who are subjected to multiple suspensions and expulsions are more likely to drop out of school. And we all know where this leads.”
Consfearacynewz said Jun 04, 2013 01:56:12
11-Yr-Old Suspended From School For Merely TALKING About Guns

OWINGS, MD -- The father of a middle schooler in Calvert County, Md. says his 11-year-old son was suspended for 10 days for merely talking about guns on the bus ride home.

Bruce Henkelman of Huntingtown says his son, a sixth grader at Northern Middle School in Owings, was talking with friends about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre when the bus driver hauled him back to school to be questioned by the principal, Darrel Prioleau.

"The principal told me that with what happened at Sandy Hook if you say the word 'gun' in my school you are going to get suspended for 10 days," Henkelman said in an interview with

So what did the boy say? According to his father, he neither threatened nor bullied anyone.

"He said, I wish I had a gun to protect everyone. He wanted to defeat the bad guys. That's the context of what he said," Henkelman said. "He wanted to be the hero."

The boy was questioned by the principal and a sheriff's deputy, who also wanted to search the family home without a warrant, Henkelman said. "He started asking me questions about if I have firearms, and [the] he's going to have to search my house. Search my house? I just wanted to know what happened."

No search was performed, and the deputy left Henkelman's home after the father answered questions in a four-page questionnaire issued by the Sheriff's Office.

Principal Darrel Prioleau did not respond to calls and emails seeking comment. Robin Welsh, the deputy superintendent of Calvert County Schools, said federal privacy rules prohibited her from commenting on a specific case, but she said students are not suspended without cause.

"There has to be some violation within the code of conduct that would trigger some type of consequence or intervention," said Welsh, who said the county school system does not have a zero tolerance policy.

Based on information about Henkelman's case provided by, the ACLU of Maryland said the suspension, later reduced to one day, was a poor choice by school administrators.

"It's appropriate for school officials to investigate when there is a concern about student safety. But based on what's been described to us, once the school official concluded that all the young man wanted to do was to be safe at school and that he posed no risk to anyone, the suspension was really inappropriate," said Sonya Kumar, an ACLU staff attorney.

"The school should have been assuring him that they were going to take steps to keep all students safe, not punishing him," she added.

Henkelman said the incident happened last December right before students were sent home for winter break, but he did not feel compelled to take his story to the public until he learned that a 5-year-old Calvert County boy was suspended for bringing a toy cap gun on a school bus.

"[My] was very scared at the fact that he was interviewed by the principal and a sheriff's deputy alone. He didn't know where I was," Henkelman said.

The ACLU's Kumar said there are too many cases of school officials coming down hard on students for relatively harmless offenses.

"Across the board, we are concerned about practices where we have these sort of knee-jerk reactions without really stopping to think and use our common sense about whether what a kid is doing or saying actually presents any sort of concern for the safety and well-being of others," Kumar said.
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